School sponsors week of service

Linfield joined schools across the nation in its commitment to community service by participating in the National Learn and Serve Challenge Week starting Oct. 18.
The college sponsored a number of events to create awareness and encourage students and faculty to take an active role in solving societal and environmental problems.
The college kicked off the week of Oct. 18 by sponsoring a workshop on “understanding the importance of critical reflection for a more meaningful service-learning experience,” Community Service Coordinator Jessica Wade said in an e-mail.
There was a grant-writing workshop to help students apply to the ASLC Sustainability Fund on Oct. 20.
The college also hosted an Oct. 21 information session in which counselors from area elementary and middle schools spoke about
Linfield’s Make a Difference Day is Oct. 22, and the college will offer service project opportunities for more than 150 volunteers to make an impact on the community.
Wade explained the benefits of service opportunities for students in an e-mail.
“Service-learning gets students out of the classroom and provides them with real-life experiences that in turn support and contribute to academic learning and address critical
community needs.”
It gives students an opportunity to become active citizens — to be part of the problem solving solutions that impact the community and the environment.”
The concept of National Learn and Serve Challenge comes from the National Service-Learning Partnership, a national network dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of education.

Sean Lemme/Staff reporter
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