Camp Ernst Middle School – Passion and Service-Based Learning

Susan Howard, an innovative teacher and leader at Camp Ernst Middle School (Boone, KY),  drives service learning and project-based learning by sharing their students’ service learning experiences.  Beginning in 2015-2016, she and her students created and maintain a wonderful online resource at  The website includes stories of student “trail blazers”; their community contributions and growth as civic leaders.

Teddy “Bare” Challenge 2017

Children, Inc. Service Learning Coordinators prepare the bears to help your students address the “bare” necessities in their communities!

Click for the Teddy “Bare” Application


Sometimes, a simple thing can lead to deep learning.

We invite your students to create a purpose for one of the 3 huggable, plush teddy bears donated by Airport Ford!

All grade level students are invited to get creative, engage in research, read, interview, survey…. and then design a compassionate purpose for one of three adorable bears in such a way that they develop new knowledge, skills, and address a bare necessity in our region. Students and teachers can integrate the bear’s purpose into any subject area; but must connect to content while including student voice and a meaningful service/need.

 Applications must be emailed or faxed to Children, Inc. Service Learning Initiative by
5PM on January 26, 2017.
Fax 859.431.3385