Ashland service learning – making an impact with a passionate project

ashland_serviceAshland Daily Press: Students at the Ashland Elementary Charter School have been learning recently that they too can make an impact.

“Students were tasked to find a way to make a difference in our community,” said AECS teacher Kaite Sweval. “We have been working on this project for all of December.”

“We came up with the idea of trying to find ways for our students to do real things, meaningful things, to make a good connection with the community,” said AECS teacher Mary Zoesch. “We talk a lot about just building those relationships within our school and how they can expand that outside of the school.”

Zoesch came up with the idea to have the students to do this project and to try to somehow make a difference in the community.

“We began by learning from a few guest speakers (involved community members) about what service learning was and different ways to get involved in our community,” Sweval said. “We identified needs, and then the students carefully considered what they could do to make a difference in our area.”

All of the 73 students currently enrolled at AECS participated in the service-learning project and were encouraged to find something they felt passionate about.

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