According to the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, “Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Those principles of learning were evident this past week at the Grade 8 Community Service Fair. The students presented a short explanation of their 8-hour project with a focus on what was gained from the experience and how the experience taught them the importance of giving to a community.
Throughout Brimmer, community service is a central focus for grade levels, division levels, and for individuals. For the past several years the School has received awards from the Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN). At the last meeting of the year, PIN gave special recognition to our kindergartners for their Cards for Seniors program, to our second graders for their thank-you letters to MSPCA donors, and to our eighth graders for their annual Individual Community Service Project. Having a heart for civic engagement and an awareness of the importance of public responsibility happens over time for children. As our students grow, it is important for them to have good role models, have opportunities to serve in meaningful ways, and work to increase their individual commitment to service. This helps our students become responsible citizens.
Thank you to all of our students for giving back to both Brimmer and the greater community.