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Community Service

By Kathleen Kennedy Manzo — November 18, 2008 1 min read

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 study 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.

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A version of this article appeared in the November 19, 2008 edition of Education Week

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