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Foster Students’ Sense of Self and Community: Develop a Community Service-Based Project Course

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.

– Dorothy Height


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The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation developed this community-service based course (to get some ideas).

We like this one because it’s project-based, student-centered, everything is already planned out for you (though there’s obviously room to put your own spin on it), and it includes space for student reflection. It also engages students in practicing and developing important “character-based” skills — many of these skills are characteristics of school learner profiles, school maxims, etc.

It includes 16 weeks of high school curriculum that covers:

  • Getting Started
  • Respect
  • Caring
  • Inclusiveness
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Courage
  • Community Mapping
  • Project Creation
  • Community Collaboration
  • Project Implementation
  • Project Reflection

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