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The Difference Between Service-Learning & Community Service
Service-learning adds academic content learning to community service!

Community Service

Service-Learning

Meets Real Community Need & Links School to Community.

Instills Student Sense of Civic Responsibility

Community Service Example

Students remove trash from a streambed, providing a service to the community.

Meets Real Community Need & Links School to Community.

Instills Student Sense of Civic Responsibility

Instructional Teaching/Learning Method

Integrates Community Service and Academic Content & Standards

Provides a Structured Time for Reflection

Ideally, Students Work with the Community to Identify a Need and Develop an Action Plan

Service-Learning Example

Students in a science class identify trash in their community streambed as a problem, decide to remove the trash, analyze what they found and how pollution impacts the environment, share results and recommendations for the community to reduce pollution, and then reflect on their experience.

Service-Learning is NOT

Measured in hours.

A subject or limited to any one subjects area or any one grade.

Unrelated to existing academic curriculum.

Perceived as a punishment by students.

Compensatory service assigned by the courts or school administrators.

An episodic volunteer program.

Logging a set number of community service hours in order to graduate.

One-sided: benefiting only students or only the community.