Trcukee charter school eighth-graders excel at public-service curriculum |

Trcukee charter school eighth-graders excel at public-service curriculum

Tiffany Connolly's eighth-grade class at SELS recently collected 64 bags of donated items for regional fire victims.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. — Eighth-graders at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School are logging miles and hours to help others in need.

Their public service includes a recent trip to San Francisco to feed the homeless at Marin Food Bank, and holding a clothing, toy, and book drive for California fire victims who lost their homes to the Valley and Butte fires.

“The clothing drive resulted in 64 bags of donated items for regional fire victims, and students helped package food for the less fortunate,” Tiffany Connolly, eighth-grade teacher at SELS, said in a statement. “There is a different level of excitement and investment that occurs with project-based learning and I continue to see incredible character growth among students due to outside exposure.“

According to SELS, school-focused projects are interdisciplinary, and all are designed to contextualize lessons and ideas by addressing challenges.

Students learn from fieldwork experts, and service in addition to learning from text. They are given multiple opportunities to make concrete contributions to the world around them through hands-on expeditions.

Next up, Connolly’s eighth-graders will create action plans for their own community service ideas and present them later in the school year and outline implementation strategies.

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