Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful
community service with instruction and reflection to enrich students’
learning experience, to teach civic responsibility, and to strengthen
communities." - National Service Learning Clearinghouse
The Early Childhood and the Elementary Program at PCDS incorporates service learning within their grade-level curriculum. For example, the Jr. Kindergarteners visit the Park City Senior Center to sing holiday songs they have learned within class bringing happiness and companionship to the seniors; the second graders use their letter writing skills to send letters to U.S. troops abroad in support of their dedication and services.
The Middle School Program provides students with all-grade level required service learning opportunities as well as various independent service-learning opportunities in which middle school students can choose the area of community service that appeals to them and their level of involvement.
Service learning at PCDS allows students' opportunities to:
- Improve leadership skills
- Make a positive difference in the community
- Meet new people in your community and gain first-hand experience of diverse life situations
- Apply knowledge, skills, and talents gained from school to impact positively the members of the community
- Explore possible career opportunities and gain hands-on experiences
Service within the school community
Reading Buddies with the the Jr. Kindergarten classes
Math Buddies with Kindergarten classes
Service within the Park City community
Middle school students will have an opportunity to take a leadership role within their community by becoming Junior Volunteers to elementary school students. Middle school students will work side-by-side Holy Cross Ministries teachers to tutor elementary students and assist small groups of students with various enrichment activities.
Service for our Nation and others
Adopt-a-Native Elder Program
Both Kindergarten and Third Grade study about the Native Americans of the United States. This study includes learning about the history and culture of the Navajo People. To tie this curriculum to service learning, Kindergarteners and Third Graders lead a school-wide adoption of Ruth Benally, a Navajo Grandmother.
Letters to the U.S. Troops
Within the Second Grade social studies curriculum, students learn the history and significance behind the United States flag, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem. With this knowledge, the students practice their letter writing skills to let the U.S. Troops know that students at PCDS support them and are thinking of them.