SL students learn value of community service

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Students collected a vast amount of donated food for the needy at last year's MLK Day effort.

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

Through service-learning, young people - from kindergarteners to high school aged students - use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems, say organizers of a service effort in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Storm Lake schools. They not only learn, they become actively contributing citizens and community members. Specifically in Storm Lake Community Schools, this type of learning allows many students who live in poverty to be part of giving back to the community who is also supporting them.

In 1986, Congress designated that the third Monday in January as a national holiday to commemorate the birthday and life of Martin Luther King, Jr. This holiday was given new meaning in 1994, when Congress designated it as a national day of service and called it MLK Day. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Storm Lake schools have been participating for three years. On January 18, they will assemble meals for the needy, make placemats for nursing homes, and other service projects.

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