Windy Celebrations – May 2nd PLC

Service Learning Raffle WinnersChildren, Inc. Service Learning Initiative is proud to partner with kindergarten-secondary schools in the Greater Cincinnati Region. From Kelly Elementary in Boone County to St. Clement School in St. Bernard, community engagement has remained a priority to teachers, administration, and students over the past decade. To recognize these champions of service learning, Children, Inc. hosts an end-of-year celebration. On May 2nd teachers relaxed with a grill-out, live music by Nicholas Tuttle, and conversation. Reminiscing over classroom experiences, teachers of all grade levels shared in best practices.

CEO of Children, Inc. Rick Hulefeld was in attendance, giving thanks and encouragement to the changemakers in the room. He shared in his beliefs about the social climate of our country, stating that service learning is now needed more than ever before.

Teachers then mingled over decadent desserts (generously donated from Bean Haus Bakery & Café) as they anxiously waited for raffle tickets to be pulled. Cincinnati Zoo Tickets, Free Hotel Rooms, and a Mint Julep Kit were just a few of the prizes up for grabs. One-by-one names were called and cheers echoed throughout the space.

Teachers and administrators interested in the no cost services provided by Children, Inc. Service Learning Program may inquire at (859) 431-2075 or

Erpenbeck Elementary – Scarf It Up For Those In Need

Erpenbeck Elementary School is a culture of engaged learning and deep compassion.

Second graders have put their learning into action to support Scarf It Up, a local nonprofit. This organization makes handmade scarves and they are in need of hats, gloves and mittens. Student teacher Alena Harthun has been leading an interdisciplinary unit in Mrs. Schreckenhofer’s 2nd grade class from MLK Day and culminating February 17. After studying climate, reading The Mitten Tree, and carrying out research using observations and surveys, the students collected winter hats, gloves/mittens for community members served by  Scarf it Up. Second graders counted, sorted, and charted the donations, and will present them to Scarf It Up with friendly notes and good wishes.

Woodland Middle School’s Love for Reading

Continuing on with the legacy of Ms. Mary Siereveld’s commitment to service, Woodland Middle School Students decided to lend their talents in organizing a book drive to benefit the Northern Kentucky branch of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Students held the book drive during the weeks prior to Winter Break in an effort to provide comfort to fellow kids in the community. On January 18th, Ms. Siereveld and eight of her students had the privilege of delivering nearly 1400 books! As a special treat, students also had the opportunity to take a tour and learn about a variety of health care careers with Operations Coordinator, Ami Blackburn.

Ami was so impressed with the students and their collection of books stating, “The books entertain our patients and pass the time while they wait to see the doctor. Reading is a perfect opportunity to bond with a child. Our Speech coordinator was extremely excited–the bookcase in the Speech waiting room has been empty for quite some time.”

We look forward to Ms. Siereveld’s classes continuing their good works as they connect their love of reading and sharing it with others.

Learn more about Ms. Siereveld’s story and charitable fund (Mary’s Sock Fund) to support individuals at the UC Brain Tumor Center and her students’ commitment to service at the following links:

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