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Service Learning @ KWoods

One example of Service Learning at Kensington Woods was it's recent exploration into Africa and the Rebal war in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kensington Woods worked with the organization, Invisible Children, and because of the experience, students developed a club dedicated to supporting Invisible Children's fight to save children soldiers in Africa.

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Service Learning

All students at KWHS will participate in service learning projects through their academic courses. These service learning projects are a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection as students work with others through a process of applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.

Service-learning helps students build academic skills while strengthening communities through service. A growing body of research recognizes the benefits of service-learning as an effective strategy to:

Improve Academic Achievement
When explicitly tied to academic standards and learning objectives, service-learning positively impacts student outcomes on measures of academic achievement, including standardized test scores.

Increase Student Engagement
Service-learning engages students by helping them make critical connections between classroom lessons and real-world applications.

Build Civic Skills
By giving students the responsibility to identify and meet pressing needs, service-learning builds civic skills and commitment in young people that last a lifetime.

Strengthen Community Partnerships
Service-learning brings students into the community, and the community into schools. In this way, students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility, and communities view youth as valuable assets.