Service Learning


This semester is quickly coming to a close, and our service learning projects are coming to an end. Two groups will still be accepting donations for their care packages until the end of the week, so if you’re reading this, and you are in the area, our students would be grateful for any toiletry items that you would be willing to donate. They will divide those items and send them to their respective organizations on Friday.

Several students saw their letters to the editor published in The Sun News which provides a real-world audience for writing and validation for the work they’ve done. A couple of these students even received feedback from members of the community, further showing them the impact their work can have on others. One reader called our principal and asked her to pass along the message that he was inspired to volunteer because of one student’s passion as demonstrated in her letter to the editor. That letter is provided above in print.

Mentoring Children In Horry County

Issues with Horry County Recycling

Consider Mentoring in Horry County

Those students who did not choose to write a letter to the editor created public service announcements for their issues, and most found Animoto to be a quick and easy way to publish their PSAs and link them to their blogs. You can see one student’s promotion for awareness of PTSD here.

Perhaps most rewarding, some students are continuing to volunteer with the organizations they selected even though they are no longer being “graded” on their projects. The list of student blogs is provided again below if you’d like to view their progress and what they’ve accomplished with service learning. They like feedback, so good or bad, give them a shout out so they know someone’s paying attention (besides me)…




Students Create Grammar Tutorials

Students in my Advanced Grammar and Composition classes paired up to teach grammar concepts they felt they knew particularly well. This assignment took the place of their last test grade as they demonstrated how they would teach their favorite concept to someone else. The videos shown below were produced using a variety of software and iPad apps. Some students used the ShowMe app for iPad, others used a combination of Microsoft PowerPoint and PhotoStory but uploaded and shared the video using YouTube. Still other students used Prezi and Screencast-o-matic. Regardless of the tools used, all demonstrate their ability to use technology to create and teach a grammar concept to someone else.

None of these students had professional development in how to implement software in the classroom. They just played until they found the tools that worked best for them. I played technology troubleshooter and grammar editor when needed. With time to play and create, students were able to effectively demonstrate what they knew and hopefully teach someone else in the process.