March 2, 2009
Two Schools Chosen as Kansas Service-Learning Leaders
TOPEKA/The Kansas Volunteer Commission announced today that Spring Hill High School, Spring Hill, and John Dewey Learning Academy, Lecompton, have been selected as Kansas Service-Learning Leader Schools. Service Learning is a highly effective teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction that results in an enriched learning experience, civic responsibility and strengthened communities. Through a rigorous state review process, their applications were found to have met the high standards of this recognition program.
As Kansas Service-Learning Leader Schools, these schools will have the opportunity to assist other school in making service to the community an important part of curriculum and activities. Ways in which they might assist other schools with service learning projects, curriculum and activities are by: opening their campuses to visitors from other schools; providing training to peers; presenting at conferences; developing materials to disseminate to others; and/or contributing to local, state, and national policy discussions and implementation strategies.
“I am proud of the commitment shown by these schools in making service to the community a valuable part of the curriculum and activities. Their students are the leaders of tomorrow, and they are already contributing to the quality of life enjoyed in their respective communities. I congratulate them,” said Kansas Commissioner of Education Alexa Posny.
As Kansas Service-Learning Leader Schools, they are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to reimburse expenses associated with the above activities. For more information on the Kansas Service-Learning Leader Schools program, contact Shelby Hoytal, Public Service Executive II—Kansas Volunteer Commission, 785-368-6211.
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