Students at Immaculate Conception put their faith in action and use the leadership skills they are developing through the Leader in Me to research, evaluate, select, and complete service learning projects. We have applied for a grant to expand the program to include Don Bosco students in the fall of 2023.
How is service learning different from service work? With service learning, students work closely with a community to identify and meet real needs. Students learn about issues and reflect on their own experiences. The combination of education and volunteering provides greater value with the world being the classroom. Service learning strives to make a lasting impression, an impact that continues long after the project is complete.
One example of a project our students completed in 2022-2023 was named "Feed the Hungry." Noting the rising cost of food and other essentials, eighth grade students recognized a need to help others put food on their tables. They came up with the idea to put little food pantries in Gilbertville as part of their project. Students visited with the mayor and then proposed their solution to the City Council. Once they received approval they drew up plans and held an out-of-uniform day to raise money. With the help of parent volunteers, they built the little food pantries. With the money they raised, students shopped for food. Other students made flyers to advertise the pantries. Finally the class filled the structures, seeing the project through from start to finish. We are proud of their teamwork and contribution to our community.