"Surely the end of all education is service to others." - Cesar E. Chavez
Serving a meal at a homeless shelter is service.
Studying homelessness during the Great Depression is learning.
When students research homelessness in their own community, connect with a local homeless shelter, and use their math, social studies, health, and language arts skills to plan, prepare, serve, and share a meal with shelter residents, that's service-learning.
Service-learning is a way to teach and learn that connects classroom studies with the care and concern students naturally have for their world.
Through investigation, planning, reflection, and youth-led action, students join with community partners to solve problems and make things better in their schools, their neighborhoods, and around the world.
In the process they master valuable 21st Century Skills and global competencies such as critical thinking, creativity, communication, recognizing perspectives, collaboration, and taking action.
Many MPS high schools offer courses that incorporate service-learning. Participating in a course that involves service-learning is one way high school students can meet the new 2015 graduation requirements.