In recent years, Covington Independent Public Schools’ Transformational Learning Center has made service learning a main focus. As an alternative school, the center focuses on helping students with behavioral problems succeed and transition back to traditional classroom settings.
The center has integrated service learning into all aspects of the curriculum. This year the center’s students are expected to complete five service learning projects that range from collecting books for local agencies to collecting funds for international organizations.
Deb Winkler, the center’s media specialist and project organizer said, “We work on different projects all year, and we’re able to make it a part of the curriculum.”
“The students don’t even realize they’re learning new things – they’re so wrapped up in the projects.”
This year’s projects include: planting flowers with the Northern Kentucky Police Chief Association in remembrance of 9/11; collecting books for social service organizations such as “Hooked on Books;” remembering troops through cards and care packages, working with first graders to raise money for Pennies for Peace, and helping to beautify a local park.
For a more detailed list of the service learning activities that the center’s students take part in, read the complete article, Transformational school focuses on community service or visit the school’s service learning webpage.