18 May 2015

Service Learning - 1,700 students and 40 teachers in sicence

The service efforts of 1,700 students to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes will be recognized Wednesday, May 20, at Celebration Cinema North, as part of the Groundswell initiative.

Groundswell is a coalition of community partners that creates opportunities for hands-on environmental learning for students throughout Kent County.

The group worked with 22 public and private schools and more than 40 teachers this school year. Teachers received extensive professional development, as well as funding for student-developed stewardship initiatives.


Service Learning: K12 program is a success

A Rockford elementary school's year-long project learning about hunger and homelessness culminated in a fundraiser Tuesday night.

Crestwood Elementary students began exploring those topics in all subjects, from social studies, to reading, and to math. Their service-learning project ended with in art class, designing bowls for a community dinner, according to principal Nicole Peterson-Reeves.

"The culminating event was creating ceramic bowls in art class, decorating those bowls, and the symbolism of the empty bowl signifies the empty bowls that kids go home to when they're hungry," she said.