Children, Inc., the Jefferson Award Foundation and other sponsors are proud to recognize St. Philip School of Northern Kentucky for their ongoing success in implementing Service Learning into the classroom and community. Because of this diocesan school, not only is the community being positively impacted, but the students are developing a deeper understanding for how to use their skills to make a difference in the world.
Reflecting upon elements of a successful service learning experience, 5th grade teacher Jennifer Twehues says,
“A successful Service Learning project starts and ends with the students. Projects must be student driven and student centered in order to be successful. This influences our students’ daily lives and gives them a voice in a better society. Students take away a life skill that encompasses compassion and gratitude.”
New Hope Food Pantry is a reoccurring community agency that is impacted by St. Philip’s students. Ms. Twehues describes her school’s experiences with community partners as “fulfilling, rewarding, and gratifying”.
Eight different high schools from across Northern Kentucky have come together this year to serve as the Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board (NKYAB). Throughout the year, students have been learning how to become effective leaders and have identified ways to make positive changes in their schools. Students focus on two guiding questions to focus their efforts at their respective schools:
- What does it take to make all students K-12 successful?
- How can students make that happen?
The NKYAB is hard at work planning for the end of the year Student Showcase on May 6th from 2:00-3:30 at Northern Kentucky University. This will be an opportunity for the public to come out and learn how students from Pendleton County HS, Grant County HS, Bracken County HS, Ryle HS, Cooper HS, Dayton HS, Notre Dame Academy, Highlands HS, and Holmes HS have made an incredible impact at their schools and communities.
As they prepared their presentations and display posters, students paused to make sack lunches as part of the Baloney Brigade Campaign for the St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House.
If you would like to learn more about the NKYAB, the Student Showcase, or how you can help, please email Kyle Reiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.