Service Learning Day Reimagined for 2021
At this time of year, the entire Far Hills community would normally gather on campus to participate in service learning activities to benefit several partner organizations. The annual Service Learning Day kicks off with a pancake breakfast prepared by our very own kings of the kitchen, the FH Falcon Dads. It's truly a wonderful, meaningful morning that embodies the very definition of Service Learning.
What is Service Learning?
"Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
—National Service Learning Clearinghouse
Though related in spirit, "community service" and "service learning" are not the same thing. While both are focused on helping people in the community, service learning is a more active process, as it encourages students to explore cause and effect.
Our Upper School Service Learning Club has been hard at work to create a school-wide, COVID-safe alternative to Service Learning Day. After a week of planning, we are pleased to share details of what our students are doing in school and how you can help this month. Kudos to the Service Learning Club for their creativity and vision!
Under the Mentorship of the Service Learning Club:
- Preschool—Grade 4 students are making Valentine's Day cards for residents in several assisted living and nursing homes in our area.
- Grade 5 will assemble meal kits to donate to Nourish NJ.
- Kindergarten–Grade 1 students will assemble Rise and Shine Breakfast bags for Nourish NJ.
Tomorrow kicks off an All-school Donation Drive for a food bank in our backyard, God's Co-op Pantry. The grade that collects the most items will win a prize! See the items needed and more details here.