What is Service Learning?
Service-Learning links academic courses and voluntarism to benefit both students and community. Service-Learning builds relationships between academic theory and “real-world” application, fosters a sense of civic responsibility, and kindles an interest in lifelong learning. Knowledge, personal growth, and skills developed through service-learning are assessed as learning outcomes and transfer to professional life.
Michigan Campus Compact
Michigan Campus Compact is the state’s support organization for service learning in higher education. Thirty-one colleges in Michigan belong to MCC, including Schoolcraft College. MCC is also a member of the national organization, Campus Compact.
Michigan Campus Compact “promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.”
Annually, one or more Schoolcraft students represent the college as members of SCAN, the Student Committee for Action Network.
In Norwayne area public schools (located in Westland, Mi.), 95% of children meet requirements for free or reduced lunch. Schoolcraft College partners with a church in that community that sponsors the Red Wagon Early Childhood Literacy Project, which provides literacy resources and positive influences for academically at-risk children and impoverished adults. Many who reside in Norwayne (also known as “shack town”), do not have the funds for the things that make for happy childhood memories; summer camp, family vacations, swimming in a lake or pool, or visits to libraries.
Educational research indicates that if children have access to books in the spring and summer months their reading skills will be enhanced and they will be less likely to lose knowledge gained during the school year. The children there get to know our students and faculty, and run out to meet us, frequently asking for our book recommendations. The absolutely best part of our volunteer experience was to see the smiling faces of the children and watch them reading on their front steps as we pulled our wagons away.