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Service Learning Mission

Service learning is an integral part of every Greensboro Day School student's education. Through involvement in the different components of service learning, students are encouraged to become active community members working to improve the lives of others, and therefore enhancing their own personal lives. By participating in service learning projects, students can develop their capacities for compassion and empathy, and establish a lifelong commitment to personal altruism.

Service learning projects provide a link between the classroom and the outside world that brings greater relevance and meaning to both. In addition to reinforcing academic skills, participation in the program enables students to become socially adept in ways that will prove vitally important throughout their school careers and beyond. The real-life situations that students encounter help them learn decision-making skills, gain self-reliance and develop the ability to act responsibly. Involvement in our community provides GDS students with an invaluable education in navigating an increasingly multicultural, interdependent world.

In addition, service learning . . .

  • Is organized within the context of an academic context, providing experiences in which students apply newly acquired skills and knowledge in real life situation.
  • Meets actual community needs.Is coordinated collaboratively between the community and school.
  • Cultivates a student's sense of personal and social responsibility.
  • Enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom.
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