Service Learning

 

 

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.

A PARTIAL LIST OF SCHOOLS & ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PARTICPATED IN A SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT FOR MISSION TO LIBERIA

Bigelow Middle School

Newton, MA

focus: School supplies – shoes –

clothing

 

Lincoln/Hanscom Public Schools

6th – 7th – 8th graders

focus: first aid supplies

 

Plymouth Public Schools

focus: shoes

 

Rochester Memorial School

focus: shoes

 

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

focus: shoes

 

Old Rochester Regional Junior High School

Rochester, MA

focus: first aid supplies and toiletries

 

Lion’s Club – Massachusetts District

33S

focus: eye glasses and braille books

 

Leo – making his Bar Mitzvah

focus: sporting goods

 

Girl Scout Troop 22725

Amherst, NH

focus: sporting goods

 

Vinson Owen Elementary School

Winchester, MA

focus: sporting goods

 

Southboro Public School

focus: first aid – school supplies – toiletries

 

Bridgewater Middle School

focus: sporting goods

 

Southern New England School of Law

North Dartmouth, MA

focus: first aid – toiletries

 

Kittery Recreation Department's

S.A.F.E. Program

focus: children’s books

 

A stuffed animal  from a friend in the US

makes a  child feel special

A bag of rice will feed a family of  

four for a month

Giving books to a child opens up

their world