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“Community Service and Service Learning in America’s Schools 2008”

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Nearly seven in 10 of the nation’s public schools offer opportunities for students to participate in community-service projects, or give them credit for doing so, with the trend on the upswing, a new report says.

Despite that growth, however, fewer schools­—less than one-fourth this year, compared with nearly one-third a decade ago—connect service activities to learning.

The studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader by the Corporation for National and Community Service is based on a survey of a national sample of 2,000 K-12 schools.

High schools are most likely to emphasize service learning, which has been linked by research studies to a greater likelihood of civic participation among students who have had such opportunities. Schools in low-income areas are less likely to offer service-learning activities than other schools.

Vol. 28, Issue 13, Page 5

Published in Print: November 19, 2008, as Community Service
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