I am moving this section to the top for more visibility. Of course, some opportunities can be found in x2VOL.com, but I will post GCS sponsored events and any other opportunities I hear about here. Below are some upcoming events/needs that you might be interested in:
- Family Literacy: Reading Connections needs reading volunteers to tutor elementary students from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. or anytime during those hours at Hunter and Wiley Elementary Schools. Tutors must be at least 14 years old. Dinner will be provided.
Service-Learning: What is it?
A way of teaching and learning that connects positive and meaningful action in the community with academic learning, personal growth, social emotional engagement, and civic responsibility. Service-Learning helps develop citizenship and good character while providing direct connections to the academic curriculum.
Service-Learning: Achievable in all Grades
Please follow these steps to ensure you receive credit for your Service-Learning Project:
Important Documents and Forms:
What are the benefits of Service-Learning for Students?
- Prepare for a Changing World
- Learn the Importance of Collaboration & Teamwork
- Develop Critical Thinking Skills and Innovative Ideas
- Become Creative Problem Solvers
- Develop Global Awareness
- Connect with people while developing skills
- CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
What is a thoughtful reflection?
A thoughtful reflection requires you to analyze your experience. Ask yourself questions like:
- What skills did I take from the classroom to perform this service-learning project?
- What did I accomplish? What did I learn from completing this service?
- How did this project address a need or issue in my community?
- What is important about what I did for this organization?
- Who will benefit from my time and how?
- How well did I do? What could I do differently in the future? How can I apply this moving forward?
- How can I use this knowledge in the future? In the classroom? In my future employment?
- What impact did this service-learning have on me? How do I view things differently now?
- What information can I now share with others?
SERVICE LEARNING RECOGNITIONS:Please remember - hours must be submitted within the semester that they are completed. Hours completed from June-December must be entered into x2vol by the end of December. Please do not complete service-learning hours without first submitting your pre-approval form. SL pre-approval forms must be submitted within the semester that service is started with the organization and should be submitted to beginning service.Hours completed from January-May must be entered by the end of May.*Graduating Seniors:
- FINAL submission for all Service-Learning Approval Forms is the 3rd Wednesday in March (3/20/24)!
- FINAL submission for all Service-Learning hours and Teacher Documentation Forms for seniors into x2VOL is the 1st Wednesday after Spring Break (4/17/24)No exceptions!
SOME EXAMPLES OF SERVICE-LEARNING
Service-Learning is more than just simple volunteering. In the process of service to their school and/or community, students learn a lot about themselves and their responsibilities as a citizen while making connections with what they are learning in schools.
Service-Learning: EXAMPLE 1
- 1. Coordinating a community marathon is service.
- 2. Measuring body mass index is learning
- 3. Calculating the average BMI of a school, setting up a website to gather statistics, then organizing a “Walk across North Carolina” to help reduce obesity is service-learning.
Service-Learning: EXAMPLE 2
- 1. Picking up trash on a riverbank is service.
- 2. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.
- 3. Science students collecting and analyzing water samples, documenting their results and presenting their findings to a local pollution control agency is service-learning.
How Students Engage in Service-Learning
1. Students can participate in service-learning experiences through GCS classes/clubs. GCS staff should complete a Teacher Documentation Form found on x2vol.
2. Students can find some opportunities in x2vol.
3. Students can participate in service-learning experiences independently through non-profit community-based service-learning projects.