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 their community.
St. Timothy School believes 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 or by attending workshops through Partnerships Make a Difference, the 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:
Pre—Kindergarten: Theme – Animal Services
Organization: West Los Angeles Animal Shelter
Description: Students learn about how to care of pets, how to keep them safe and raise funds to support the shelter.
Kindergarten: Theme – Hospital Care
Organization: Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Description: Students participate in the Alex’s Lemonade Stand program, which is a national childhood cancer foundation dedicated to raising funds for research into new treatments and cures for all children battling cancer.
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 – Environmental Awareness Support
Organization: The Crayon Initiative
Description: Students collect old crayons so that they can be recycled into new ones and donated back to hospitals, schools and art programs. Students also learn about the benefits of recycling.
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.
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: Stand Tall International
Description: Students learn about the difficulties experienced by children born with spinal complications, research the effective solutions provided by spinal surgery. Students raise money and promote awareness for children who need these surgeries in other parts of the world, by contributing to Stand Tall International.
Eighth Grade: Theme – Human Rights
Organization: Facing History, Facing Ourselves
Description: Students examine the negative effects of racism, hatred, and anti-Semitism throughout history.