TAYLOR COMMUNITY SCHOOL PLANS FIRST SERVICE LEARNING DAY
Contacts: Beth Rattray (United Way) 765.457.6691 or
Chris Smith, Superintendent of Schools,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Kokomo, IN, August 11, 2016/Press Release/ -- “The world is an excellent teacher and incorporating hands-on experiences leads to a higher level of engagement and learning,” said Superintendent Christopher Smith addressing Taylor Community School’s motive to provide a service learning day to students’ grades K - 12.
On Thursday morning, August 18, 2016 Taylor’s 1400 student body will engage in service learning, equating to thousands of hours of service to the community and impact learning right here in Howard County.
“Service learning blends the needs of the community with the learning of students. It produces an up-close learning experience that is beneficial for the student as well as area nonprofits—and the community,” said Smith.
The model is Indiana State University, recently ranked nationally No. 1 in public service by The Washington Monthly. The University coordinates and supports a Service Learning Day for incoming freshmen. Smith’s daughter attends Indiana State University and where the idea originated.
United Way of Howard County facilitates the volunteer opportunities. Students organized by grade level complete area nonprofit projects of landscaping, cleaning, organizing, sorting – and learn about the difference they make through service to others.
“There is really no age requirement for volunteering. In fact, the earlier the volunteering begins and continues throughout childhood, the more likely a person is to participate in community activities as an adult,” said Brian Gallagher, Volunteer and Resource Development Coordinator for United Way of Howard County.
Thursday at 9am, watch for a sea of red wearing the Taylor Titans’ dagger (lightning bolt replaced with a volunteer hand and broom) close to their hearts ready to learn and serve. #TitansServe