Mission To Liberia has conducted dozens of service learning projects involving thousands of students. Our efforts have included projects such as “Flip Flops and Crocks”. Students collected new or gently used shoes. We have had students collect school supplies, first aid supplies, toiletries, sporting goods and more. Some schools participate every year…and we are extremely grateful for their support.
Service-Learning combines community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Community members, students, and educators everywhere are discovering that service-learning offers all its participants a chance to take part in the active education of youth while simultaneously addressing the concerns, needs, and hopes of communities here at home or abroad.
WE COULD NOT DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS
Inside every container we send to Liberia is relief (clothing, shoes, medical supplies, educational needs, bedding, etc.) from the children of the United States to the children of Liberia. Students from the primary grades through college have teamed up with Mission To Liberia in conducting service learning projects. Our first service learning project was conducted by the sixth grade at the Memorial School in Rochester, Massachusetts. Under the guidance of sixth grade teacher, Sue Keane, students began a children’s book drive. As news of the project spread, other schools got involved. Before long, we had THOUSANDS of children’s books headed for Liberia. We distributed these books to children who never had a book of their own in their lives. We also had enough to donate to various schools and orphanages. This project was such a huge success, we decided to replicate it on a grander scale.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Usually a teacher or administrator will contact us to inquire about the possibility of conducting a service learning project. We then schedule a time for us to visit the school to speak with the students about our organization, conditions in Liberia, and how they might help. The students decide what kind of a project they would like to do, usually focusing on collecting a particular item(s). Once the project is completed, we return to the school to pick up the items to be sent to Liberia. We also try to return to the schools once the item have been distributed to show the students the results of their hard work…the smiling faces of the people they have helped.