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Social Studies

Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

In response to the 2005 Social Studies Program Survey and Evaluation service learning has been added as a component of the Parkway Social Studies Curriculum in grades K – 12 in an effort to teach students the responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society.

Service learning in the K-12 Curriculum has a positive impact on academic achievement, civic engagement, and social and personal behavior. Detailed information on the impact of service learning in K-12 public schools is located on the website of The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.

House Resolution 1463 on Service Learning

Essential Questions

  • What does "the common good" mean, and why does understanding it matter?
  • Why serve?
  • To what extent can one person make a difference?
  • How far am I willing to go to make a difference?
  • What is my responsiblity to the community?
  • Local and/or global?

 Issues Related to Service Learning

Grant and Funding Opportunites

Teacher Mini-Grant

Missouri Service Learning administers a mini-grant program for curriculum-based service learning activities involving Missouri youth of all ages.  Mini-grants between $1,000 to $2,500 are available to Missouri school groups for service-learning activities which are part of an academic class (pre K-12).  The grants are currently available online. 

State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant

State Farm® and Youth Service America (YSA) know that students, teachers and schools can use service-learning as a tool to help youth build stronger academic skills, foster civic responsibility and develop leadership abilities. Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service and curriculum or program-based learning. Join millions of young people across the globe who are impacting their communities through service-learning.