According to the National Commission on Service Learning, community service learning is “a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful community service experiences…to enrich learning, foster personal growth, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Community Service Learning combines SERVICE with LEARNING.
PVCSD Board of Education Goal Regarding Community Service Learning:
“As the community is an integral part of the education process of our students, the students should take an active role in the community. The District will establish requirements for our HS students to participate in community service projects.”
Putnam Valley School District defines community to be a group of people working together for common goal. The “community” can either be within our own school (such as a club, a team, a classroom, a grade) or in the greater community at large (local, town, state, country, world). Service Learning must provide a non-paid service to benefit others.
Students can decide on how to proceed with their community service learning experience by reviewing what their interest and talents are. A student may also take into consideration their future career goals. Some of the fields that have service learning opportunities are in education, health, environment, churches, government and business.