Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Service learning enriches the students’ learning experience, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens our community.
At St. Timothy School, we believe in educating the whole child – spiritually academically, and socially. Each class develops and implements meaningful service learning projects that focus on creating global citizens who actively contribute to their communities. The project is completed through hands-on learning, which combines the St. Timothy School curriculum and Common Core Standards, across all academic areas.
Whether through membership in the National Service-Learning Partnership (www.service-learningpartnership.org), or by attending workshops through Partnerships Make a Difference (partnershipsmakeadifference.org), our Service Learning Coordinator ensures that each faculty member is trained and has current information regarding project development, research, and selection.
Below is a list of organizations that each grade level will be assisting during the upcoming school year:
Kindergarten: Theme – Hospital Care
Organization: Pennies for Patients
Description: Students participate in the Pennies for Patients program, which raises funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
First Grade: Theme – Ocean Conservation
Organization: Heal the Bay
Description: Students research ocean ecosystems throughout the world, learn about the human impact on ocean environments, and raise money for Heal the Bay.
Second Grade: Theme – Shelter
Organization: Habitat for Humanity
Description: Students write letters to elected officials to end impoverished living conditions and raise money for constructing affordable housing.
Third Grade: Theme – Family Support
Organization: Ronald McDonald Pasadena House Charities-Pull-Tab Collection Program
Description: Students research cancer and its effects on families. Students develop a school-wide program to collect pull-tabs for patients at the Ronald McDonald House.
Fourth Grade: Theme – Endangered Animals
Organization: World Wildlife Fund
Description: Students research endangered species and the ways in which humans impact their environment. Students create and develop methods for protecting endangered habitats and raise money (through recycling) for the World Wildlife Fund.
Fifth Grade: Theme – Hunger
Organization: Heifer International
Description: Students research the effects of hunger throughout the world and work with Heifer Project International to end hunger and care for the Earth. Students raise money by collecting boxtops and printer cartridges.
Sixth Grade: Theme – Plant Conservation
Organization: Tree People
Description: Students research plant life and its positive effects on the environment. Students raise money to plant trees in various communities through Tree People.
Seventh Grade: Theme – Medical Assistance
Organization: Smile Train
Description: Students learn about the difficulties experienced by children born with cleft palates, research the effective and relatively inexpensive solution provided by cleft palate surgery. Students raise money to provide surgeries for children in other parts of the world, by contributing to the Smile Train.
Eighth Grade: Theme – Human Rights
Organization: Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Description: Students examine the negative effects of racism, hatred, and anti-Semitism throughout history. Students work with the Museum of Tolerance to develop a campaign to break down the walls of hatred through art and language.