What Is Service Learning?
Our experience at Abington Senior High School has suggested a marked increase in attendance, greater opportunities for social development, more scholarships granted by accepting colleges, a lower rate of suspensions, and fewer incidents of juvenile crime in Abington Township since the inception of our Service Learning Program.
Top Ten Reasons to Engage in Service-Learning!
- Has a positive effect on student personal development such as sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
- Has a positive effect on interpersonal development and the ability to work well with others, leadership, and communication skills
- Has a positive effect on reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural and racial understanding
- Has a positive effect on sense of social responsibility, citizenship, and commitment to service
- Has an impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, critical thinking, and cognitive development
- Contributes to career development and can influence major and career selection
- Contributes to stronger student/faculty relationships
- Has long-term effects that may surface even years after graduation in terms of public service commitment, willingness to contribute to social causes, and willingness to give back to oneR17;s institution
- Has relevancyR12;it helps to link the often abstract theory of the classroom with day-to-day experiences of students and community members
- Builds CommunityR12;links students, faculty, and the institution of higher learning to the local community and beyond.
Avenues for Service
- In 10th and 11th grades, students may devote their hours to various projects, and after a review of their activities, select one area of interest in 12th grade on which to focus.
- One activity sustained for three years, such as a volunteer firefighter (junior or volunteer), participating in a mentoring program, or working at a hospital.