Service Learning

 

Service Learning Overview

Service is an integral part of military culture, and service learning is a key component of the Okaloosa SCIENCE Initiative.  Service learning involves more than just helping.  It provides pathways for students to apply what they have learned in school by utilizing knowledge and skills in beneficial and creative ways in the real world.  In addition to academic benefits, service learning also provides much needed social/emotional support for military children.

 

Service Learning Focus

Service learning, as part of Okaloosa SCIENCE, will focus on conservation projects.  Conservation projects include efforts aimed at preserving, protecting, or restoring the natural environment, ecosystems, vegetation and/or wildlife. 

 

Service Learning Opportunities:

There will be five opportunities for service learning through the Initiative: (1) Okaloosa SCIENCE Partner opportunities; (2) Community-Based opportunities; (3) School-Based opportunities; (4) Student-Led Projects; and (5) Service Learning Field Trips. 

1)    Okaloosa SCIENCE Partner opportunities: Consist of opportunities for service learning directly within Okaloosa SCIENCE programs and partner organizations.  These opportunities will be offered on a first-come, first served basis.

2)    Community-Based opportunities: Consist of service learning opportunities within the broader Okaloosa community in conjunction with community-based organizations, agencies and businesses.  These opportunities will also be offered on a first-come, first served basis.

3)    School-Based opportunities: Each grant school presents unique opportunities for on-site service learning.  The Okaloosa SCIENCE team will work with schools to identify opportunities for students to participate in site-based service learning projects unique to their school.   

4)    Student-Led Projects: With direction from educators and support from the Okaloosa SCIENCE team, students will have the option of conceptualizing and implementing their own service learning projects.  Student-led projects can be done individually or in groups, and may allow for family members and the community to join in the activities.  

5)    Service Learning Field Trips: The Okaloosa SCIENCE Initiative has set aside a small amount of funding to cover the costs of "service learning" field trips for elementary and middle school students.  To qualify, field trips must be designed specifically to perform a community service while reinforcing important educational standards.  All field trips must be preapproved by Okaloosa SCIENCE staff and will be offered on a first-come, first served basis. 

 

Community Service Hours

Students will receive credit for community service hours served, which may count towards Bright Futures Scholarships or other educational requirements.  Students who participate in service learning projects will also receive certificates recognizing their service. 

Teachers will be encouraged to incorporate service learning into their curriculum as part of lessons, homework assignments or extra credit opportunities.

 

Additional Information

Service learning projects will begin in January 2016.  Please check back with us then for updated information and a list of community service opportunities for students.

For more information on service learning, please contact Scott Sevin, Okaloosa SCIENCE Project Director, at:  scott@7-dippity.com

Fort Walton Beach High School Students helping at the Kenwood Elementary Bioblitz.