Detroit Public Schools’ 2nd Annual Service Learning Competition and Showcase was held on May 10, 2012.
Mae C. Jemison’s Fifth Grade class under the direction of Ms. Cynthia Carter won first place in the 2012 DPS Service Learning Competition Elementary/Middle School Level.
Service Learning is a required component of the social studies curriculum for all grade levels by the Michigan Department of Education and the Detroit Public Schools. Service learning provides opportunities for students to connect academic knowledge and skills to the world beyond the classroom, by using personal skills, knowledge and resources to improve the community.
Studies have shown that service learning: improves academic achievement, makes learning more meaningful and interesting, and improves student behavior among many other benefits for students, teachers, schools and communities. Additionally, the Service Learning Competition and Showcase provides opportunities for schools to highlight positive accomplishments in respective school buildings.
Some of this year’s projects that were showcased include: Renaissance students took a trip to Haiti to assist in building a school. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students at Burton International sent candy to soldiers in Afghanistan. The soldiers were so impressed and appreciative that they sent postcards and souvenirs from the Middle East to the young students. Students from Bates Academy collected cans and bottles for a project called, Cans for Canines and Kitties to provide food for shelter animals and Denby students facilitated an anti-bullying campaign using the District’s theme, Don’t Stand by, Stand up.
The event was held at Hotel St. Regis, 3071 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202.