Service Learning Projects
"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."
|Prairie Crossing Charter School strives to help our students to understand the needs of our local and global communities and to seek out and address areas of injustice or environmental harm. We hope that our students will become active members of their communities and work to improve the places they live. We believe that our students need to understand how to work within our governmental and societal systems to achieve positive changes in the world around them. In order to enable our students to become these people, they need to experience, throughout their entire careers at Prairie Crossing Charter School, opportunities to lend their talents, time, and passion to service learning. They need to feel the joy that comes from knowing you have helped to make things better. They need to practice the social and organizational skills required to affect change. As they get older, they need to learn to find areas of need in the community. We believe that these service learning experiences should be tied into the curriculum and used as springboards to, or landing pools from, classroom learning.|
All Prairie Crossing Charter School students, from Kindergarten to 7th grade, participate in a minimum of two Service Learning Projects each year. In the younger grades, all such projects are conducted by classes as a whole group. By 3rd/4th grade, students begin to work in small groups, and by 7th grade, they may work as individuals.