Service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose
of life and not something to do in your spare time.
-Marian Wright Edelman
According to Learn and Serve America
"Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
What are the goals of service learning?
"Service learning combines service to the community with student learning in a way that improves both the student and the community. As students participate in their community service projects, actively meeting the needs of communities, youth develop practical skills, self-esteem, and a sense of civic responsibility."
How does service-learning differ from community service or volunteering?
"Community service is volunteer action taken to meet the needs of others and better the community as a whole. Service-learning is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of students engaged in service, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled. Service-learning provides structured time for thoughtful planning of the service project and guided reflection by participants on the service experience. Overall, the most important feature of effective service-learning programs is that both learning and service are emphasized."