"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.