Many schools, elementary through senior high, are implementing service learning courses and even requirements to promote civic participation, increase connections between students and their communities, and raise awareness of larger societal issues. At LHCS we have engaged in Service Learning on several levels. Last year we started to focus specifically on the issue of lack of food for the people living in Haiti after the earthquake. One full day was dedicated to packing food. This was facilitated by Kids Against Hunger. The results were overwhelmingly positive! There was a follow-up presentation and discussion for 4th graders, led by the American Refugee Committe, about the recent living conditions in Haiti. A resource list on reading about Haiti for all ages can be found in the document at the bottom of this page titled Haiti Resource List.
This year, the Diversity Committee is assisting the principals and the student council in preparing to integrate Service Learning across the K-8 curriculum. We will build on our work from last year and focus on the issue of HOUSING. The American Refugee Committee will be at LHCS on November, 22nd, to assist the K-8 community in thinking about Haiti and housing in a new light. They will share recent work that they are doing to implement transitional and permanent shelters for those living in Haiti .
On a local level, the teachers at LHCS will be engaging their students in the topic of homelessness in Minneapolis - the numbers, the effects, and the causes of homelessness. Information regarding the housing situation for students living in Mpls and attending public schools, can be found at: Lake Harriet Service Learning Quick Facts doc. , a link that was provided by The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis.
Please stay tuned as the Diversity Committee will need your feedback and help as we implement this important learning into Lake Harriet ! For more information on Service Learning please contact Kathy Seipp (parent) at email@example.com or 612-341-3302.
Service-Learning in Minneapolis Public Schools