Why is Service Learning at the Middle School?

Why is Service Learning at the Middle School?
Why is Service Learning at the Middle School?
Fran Sonneborn
Service Learning is important because it connects student learning in the classroom with real-world experiences in the community. At a societal level, it is important for people to be involved and aware of their communities so they can assist each other and be more conscientious individuals
 
–Ben Wagor, Middle School Director

A beautiful example of an IBMYP service learning project is in 7th grade student Zara Syed's original card designs – aptly called, Good Intentions. Zara took the initiative to schedule an interview with Interfaith Food Pantry Network Development Director, Ms. Sandra Benedict. After touring the Pantry with Ms. Benedict and meeting the many volunteers that make a difference in the fight against hunger in Morris County, Zara focused her talent to help provide support for this very valuable service organization. Over the summer, Zara spent approximately seven hours a week to create and design assorted cards, which resulted in a $500 donation to the Interfaith Food Pantry! For a more in-depth understanding of Zara's motivation and commitment to the Pantry, visit her website, where you will find a wonderful, comprehensive article from her visit with Ms. Benedict. It truly adds perspective to the value and viability of a service learning project.