I was reading Sydnia Paige blog and a quote that she had wrote about from the article Kahne and Westheimer was
I agree that the classroom is a community and they are learning from each other. The students can use the classroom community to help the outside community they live in. Service learning in the classroom is imported because students should learn how they can change their community, in which, they live in for the better. Teachers will tell their students about helping in the community but a student doesn't really understand the hole service learning area just by being told about it. There is a feeling that a person gets when they can see how they are impacting the community.
The feeling of accomplishment is something that a person has to feel to fully understand what it means. There are so many ideas that students can do and still be learning in the classroom, like, doing a food drive and learning about what foods are good for your body. Another idea could be a science class learning about animals and helping a local SPCA group.
When reading this article it reminded me a lot of a person that has give most of his life to service learning in schools and helping their education. Mr. Feinstein has given so much to R.I. from making sure children and their family's have food on their table, to college helping give students a great educations, to helping students in different schools learn about what service learning is in their community. He helps write for grants, raise money, and grow each person to see how helping others, helps everyone!
By children doing different service learning projects in the classroom or in the community they will grow up to help make our world a better place for the next generation. By doing one service learning projects a student can walk away with a world of knowledge.
Children should know what is going on in their community and know how they can help to make it a better place. It is hands on learning for a lifetime.