Today (April 8, 2016), students at PFFS-Downtown and PFFS-University are taking part in a school-wide service day in which each advisory embarks on a unique service experience. The day is intended to build upon the success of past service days that PFFS-U has conducted with its advisories (see November 13, 2016 and April 24, 2015 for details on two previous PFFS-U service days). Today’s ‘Advisory Service Day’ kicks-off our participation in Global Youth Service Day.
PFFS-Downtown: Patrick Kelly‘s advisory is picking up garbage downtown and learning about artists who use found items, Joe Boehm‘s and Seth Smith‘s advisories are working together to set up our STEM Makerspace in the alley next to their school, and Marcus Whitaker‘s advisory is working with preschool children at Wings on Words.
PFFS-University: Gabriella Gutierrez‘s advisory is working on cleaning projects within PFFS-U, Ariane Mohr-Felsen‘s advisory is working with elders at St. Luke’s Home, and Mariah Harvey‘s and Steve Beall‘s advisories are working with dogs at the Pima Animal Care Center.
PFFS-Downtown/PFFS-University ‘Inter-school Collaboration’: Carman Ryken‘s and Stephanie‘s advisories are working at as Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm and Deborah Barca‘s and Mallory Reed Hansen‘s advisory are helping out at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen.
Photos from today’s Advisory Service experiences will be posted at the Facebook group pages for each school as pics become available: PFFS-D Facebook Group and PFFS-U Facebook Group. Both of these groups are closed groups but PFFS parents and students are welcome to join.
Service at PFFS
At Paulo Freire, service and service learning happens in a variety of ways. It can be the focus on a day-long expedition. Sometimes teachers will write it directly into a unit of instruction. Individual service learning projects are a requirement of our Graduation Portfolios.
This is from the National Youth Leadership Council, the leading national organization that promotes service learning:
“Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Picking up trash on a river bank is service. Studying water samples under a microscope is learning. When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.”