SKC Students Learn While They Serve

Aug 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News

Service learning is having a positive impact on both the community and students on the Flathead Reservation through the work of Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, Mont.). With the input of the college faculty and support from the National Campus Compact, Salish Kootenai College added service learning as a graduation requirement three years ago. Since its inception, the program has allowed students to log in thousands of hours of service to the local community while learning about public policy, political structures, communication, and team building.

This past year students worked as mentors, tutors, and coaches. Students also helped with the Head Start Program, the Humane Society, the Family Crisis Center, the Tribal Culture Center, and the YMCA. In addition to keeping a journal of their efforts, students in the service learning courses had the opportunity to plan and implement various events such as blood drives, clothing distribution, tax preparation, family nights, political rallies, and speakers’ forums.

Last spring students were part of a community wide Serv-A-Thon that saw gardens planted, buildings painted, and roads cleaned. More than 400 local K – 12 students also assisted with this program. Each summer, SKC students host a free youth camp with an all volunteer staff. Service learning has helped to bridge the gap between the community and the college. For further information contact Dana Grant at (406) 675-4800.

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