What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is a combination of learning and community service designed for mastering knowledge and developing citizenship skills.
When Service Learning is used in the classroom, students become more aware of what is going on in the world around them. They also are able to take what they learn, and put it into action.
The chart below gives a picture of different kinds of service that can be done for an issue that is being taught.
Service Learning in Higher Education: Positive Change in Students’
- Critical Thinking
- Problem analysis
- Academic Learning
- Personal moral development
- Interpersonal and Leadership skills
- Social responsibility
- Citizenship skills
- Racial and cultural understanding
- Commitment to service
- Satisfaction with college/university
The Common Partner’s Program is full of opportunities to not only volunteer but also to take part of. From our Children’s Programs to events like Repair Affair, we welcome everyone to participate.
The Timeless Tales Reading Center helps students evolve in their studies. The program is designed to benefit those students who struggle with reading, as well as other subjects such as math and science.
XPRESS, formerly known as UC Swim Day, is in its’ fifth year running. This program allows special needs children to get out of the daily routine they’ve gotten stuck in. When they come to XPRESS they learn how to interact with their peers, community members, and college students. Here they learn various skills that will help them through life and allow them to feel that they are no different than anyone else as they join in activities that they didn’t think they would ever take part in.
C.O.W. Crafts On Wheels
This Program is an unique and innovative way children can learn about art. Volunteers travel to the local elementary schools once or twice a week and take Art to the students of the community. Each session is led by a student volunteer who bases the daily activity around art.
This program is designed as a big brother/big sister program. College students are paired with under-privilaged students in the community. The students recieve friendship overall; however, the mentors are there to help the student in whatever matters arise, such as homework help or someone to talk to.
Daniel Boone Festival
The Daniel Boone Festival is an annual event here in Barbourville, KY. It is a celebration, when Daniel Boone brought settlers through the Cumberland Gap to settle in the area. During the first week of October, the downtown square of Barbourville is transformed into a frontier town. Groups and organizations set up food and craft booths to raise money.
The Seniors are in charge of the Common Partner Booth, which is one of our main fundraisers of the year. From coming up with a menu, creating work schedules for the group, to taking orders and cooking food, seniors are in charge.
Spring Service Trip
Spring Service Trip is completely planned by the sophomore class, right down to where we eat. Students learn time management, scheduling, team work and delegation. The trip takes place in January, over the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.