During the 2013-2014 academic year, a total of 1,400 community service hours were served by graduating seniors of St. Paul Preparatory School (SPP) in downtown St. Paul.
All SPP seniors will graduate with at least seven hours of service logged. Service learning combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. It emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility.
Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. Service learning can be used in all standard disciplines. Integrating service learning with other studies, for example, with language study, provides significant opportunities for students to increase their language proficiency, develop their understanding of concepts with a real life application while simultaneously helping the community.
Service learning combines experiential learning and community service with: curricular connections and academic influence, student voice, discussion, reflection, and assessment, and community partnerships and authentic community needs.
At SPP, students have worked in the parks and with development non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, Laura Jeffery Academy Middle School, Edina Senior Center, Pines senior center in Richfield, St. Paul Public Libraries, St. Paul Parks and Rec., Friends of Mears Park, Dorothy Day enter, Woodlake Nature center, MN Landscape Arboretum.