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Service Learning

Service-Learning is defined as a method by which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service, that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community. It is coordinated among the community, an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program. Service-Learning helps foster responsibility and is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students or the education components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled. It also includes structured time for the students and participants to reflect on the service experience.

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