Service Learning in GCS
It is the mission of GCS that every student receives a world-class education and
leaves prepared to succeed in the college or career of their choice. One proven way
of achieving that mission is through character development and service-learning.
Students involved in service-learning are far more likely to become civic minded
and involved in their community years after they graduate. They also improve their
social and personal skills, the “essential” or “soft skills” we hear so many employers
say they look for in potential employees. We must engage students and give
them opportunities to work alongside others. Service-learning, when done well,
The district is implementing social emotional learning as a framework to support
and build on the work being done through character development and service
learning. Social emotional learning is the process through which children and
adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and
show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make
responsible decisions. As we strengthen these skills throughout our classrooms and
buildings, we expect to see a greater focus on serving others, as well as increased
student achievement and improved behavior.
Our district is dedicated to transforming learning and life outcomes for all students,
and service-learning is one important way we can help do that.