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It is the mission of the CCCS Service Learning course to provide high-quality curriculum, instructional support, community and social resources, and create multiple pathways to meet the diverse needs of our student population. Service Learning provides students with an opportunity to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations and extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community. Our goal is that students will become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.
What is service learning at CCCS?
CCCS has always been committed to helping students work in the community in positions that allow them to reflect on their personal values, contribute to the common good. As a consequence of that commitment, the school has developed a generous repertoire of agencies and community services that have been willing allow our students work alongside them for the purpose of service learning.
A service learning project begins when a student recognizes the relationship of a personal interest with a school subject and an application to a problem solution. The problem may be local, national, or international concern. The project may be a personal or a group activity which could produce change in the life situation of the student, the school, the community and beyond.
Each Service Learning Project is initiated and completed by the student or setup by the school as a group project. Students are required to choose 8 hours of service learning that they setup and preform individually and 16 hours of service in the school created and run projects. Students attend 5 classes to help them understand what service is; help them with researching their individual projects and experience team building activities that prepare them for serving in the community. With each type of project, the student has a final assignment in a chosen medium which describes the experience, the activities completed, and the value to the student with respect to:
- Increased knowledge of an organization and its services
- Increased connectedness with the community beyond the school
- Personal changes resulting from service to others
- Understanding of the relationship between interest, subject, and area of service
Many students don’t make the connection between school subjects and life in the “real world,” so teachers help them make that connection in a variety of ways. Service Learning brings the “subject to life,” by connecting a local, national, or international concern with a school subject, in a problem-solving project. For the past 25 years, service learning programs have reduced school dropout rates, while increasing student maturity and self-respect, connection with the school and the community, and the value of service to others.
Service Learning Community Partners
It is the desire of CCCS to provide unforgettable, hands-on learning experiences for our students. Our program’s strength is founded on 5 years of development with our 32 past and present Community Partners utilizing a variety of ever-growing diverse opportunities. In addition, our students have offered input that has been useful in creating the program for 2015-2016 school year.
As part of our program, we offer two annual Service Learning Preview Days that highlight our 1-Day and 3-Day opportunities by hearing directly from many of our community partners. Our Community Partners include: Camp Pollock, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, Resource Area for Teachers (R.A.F.T.), The North Sacramento Center, St. John’s Program for Real Change, Next Move, Student Reach, Del Paso Regional Park, California Fish and Game, California Waterfowl, Capitol Area Indian Resources, and some new partners as well.
We will be serving the needs of homeless women, children and families, Human-trafficking victims, vulnerable wildlife, the environment, Native Americans, giving back to teachers, as well as beautifying our community in many ways. We will also offer a week-long opportunity during Spring Break in Baja, Mexico building houses for families in need. We anticipate facilitating Service Learning opportunities that will impact students long after graduation and shape their future choices to make a difference in their spheres of influence in life.