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Service learning: how Aardvarks are becoming good citizens
Posted 10/02/2018 06:26PM
Service learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Picking up trash on a river bank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning. When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service learning.
Morgan Henschke, Social-Emotional Learning Coordinator at ACDS, describes what's happening in service learning so far this year:
Service learning is in full swing at ACDS! Last Friday morning individual classes and advisories met to plan year-long goals and projects to make our community and world a better place. These projects are based on learning and curriculum in the classroom that provide a service to the community. Here are a few highlights from campus this past week.
- Fourth Graders met with Seth Sachson, Executive Director of the Aspen Animal Shelter, and two adorable puppies. Fourth Graders will work with the Animal Shelter this year as they work on their cross-curricular animal projects. Some activities will include math lessons on fractions and measurements which will result in making Valentine's treats for the cats and dogs at the Aspen Animal Shelter, PE hikes with the pets, etc.
- Third Graders began designing blueprints for a Little Free Library project which they will build on campus for all ACDS students. The theme for Third Grade is "The Love of Reading," and students will help all members of the ACDS community have access to books. In math class, students will learn how to incorporate geometry and measurement in their blueprints.
- Fifth Graders worked all over campus Friday to collect recycling from various classrooms and buildings. Students previously visited the Pitkin County Landfill and began learning about consumption and waste. Fifth Graders build their year-long service learning project of composting, recycling, and our environmental footprint into all cross-curricular subjects.
- Second Graders discussed the following essential questions: Why do we help the community? Why should we build relationships with the Senior Center? What do we have to offer seniors in our community? Students landed with the idea that valuable time is important for the well-being of all. Students said they're looking forward to sharing love, kindness, respect, and friendships with seniors in our community throughout the year.
- Seventh Graders will visit Peru at the end of this year with World Leadership School. On Friday, students brainstormed how to earn money for their collective costs as well as provide services to our community. They will offer babysitting during Parent-Teacher Conferences again this year so that ACDS parents can attend conferences while having a safe and fun place for their children. Thank you Seventh Graders for this amazing service and tradition. For more on the Peru service learning trip, click here.
Stay tuned for more service learning news from ACDS!