During the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day, all students kindergarten through 5th grade participated in service learning projects, a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach responsibility and strengthen communities.
Throughout the day, smiles were seen as students worked on their various projects. Pre-kindergarteners through 1st graders created "I Care Kits" for the homeless; 2nd graders created "breakfast bags" for the Ronald McDonald House; 3rd graders created placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients; 4th graders designed a "giving plate" for a neighbor; and 5th graders designed and filled shoeboxes for Birthday in a Box.
Even the learning was fun! Each class read a book associated with their service opportunity and had a learning activity tying it all together. The day was organized by Rocky River's Service Learning Coordinator, Liz Benstead. She shares, "… if we don’t teach our kids how to learn to give back how are they supposed to do that?”
You can read more at the Independent Tribune's article: http://www.independenttribune.com/news/rocky-river-serves-others-to-honor-mlk/article_c76ea528-fd29-11e7-9c82-3f45dc136e74.html