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The Value of Service-Learning for Middle Level Educators

Posted by Mitchell LeGrand on December 6, 2019

The last couple of days H2O for Life was attending the Minnesota Middle School Association Conference. We might be a little bias, but our favorite presentation at the conference was by Anne Freese and John Wabbe of Twin Oaks Middle School. They gave a great talk about the value that service-learning projects bring to their school’s community. Both Anne and John teach Global Studies courses and have partnered with H2O for Life to implement projects for South Sudan after reading the book, A Long Walk to Water.

During their talk, they stressed the importance of making connections and not just teaching the material. John mentioned how the kids enjoyed the book so much he had to tell them to stop reading ahead! Anne talked about how those of us at H2O for Life were able to come out for their E-STEM Day and how much their kids enjoyed engaging with global issues without having to leave their own community.

If you weren’t there, you missed out! They even had a nice little scannable QR Code that linked to their resources for their class. But, if you are reading this, then you are in luck! H2O for Life has a ton of resources on our website for service-learning! From free lesson plans for all ages and disciplines, to grants to implement a project, to easy to connect to projects! Explore our site, find what you need, and if you have questions, please send our educational coordinator Mitchell an email at Mitchell@h2oforlifeschools.org

Thanks Anne and John for being such great advocates of the program! The world needs more teachers like you!