Pomona Unified School District
Service Learning is the linking of what students learn in the classroom to a service project in the community. These are the six main Service Learning topics that High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools will be working on for the 2011/12 school year.
Service Learning Topics Community Partners and Grades
1. Environmental and Energy Awareness Peak Program (Grades 4-7)
2. Poverty on a Local Level Inland Valley Hope Partners (No age limit)
3. Poverty on a International Level Heifer International (Kinder to 8th)
4. Supporting American Soldiers Operation Gratitude (Grades 3-8)
5. Teen Court and Mock Trial Local Courts in LA County (Grades 7-12)
6. Students Engaging in Public Policy Project Citizen (Grades 5-12)
7. Poverty on a International Level Action Against Hunger (Grades 9-12)
Samples of Service Learning Activities
1. This program gets students involved understanding our environmental and energy problems. Students then take action at their schools sites dealing with energy conservation. PEAK carries strong science connections.
2. Students help local foods banks and learn how poverty impacts their own community. Inland Valley Hope Partners is based in Pomona though they serve the communities of Upland, San Dimas, and Ontario as well.
3. Students learn about poverty on an international level and then raise money to buy an animal for a needy village in another country. Heifer International has some great service learning projects for all ages.
4. Students put into practice their language arts skills by writing letters to soldiers abroad. Connections can also be made to history and government through this project. Items can also be collected for troops.
5. Students can help serve on a jury and participate in real court cases. Students will also have the opportunity to work with and help develop a mock trial team. Both of these opportunities are for middle and high school students.
6. Students learn about public policy, pick a problem in society that they feel is important, and as a class work towards developing some solutions. Students eventually present their ideas to a governing board agency like a city council or school board.
7. Students learn about countries in the world that struggle with hunger and develop a plan of action. There are strong connections to history and language arts with this particular project.
If you would like additional information about Service Learning activities this coming year, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, visit our link at www.pusd.org/servicelearning.org, or call 951.505.7285