I3 Service-Learning Initiative
The St. Mark "I3 Service-Learning" program is an initiative aimed at enhancing student achievement by implementing a comprehensive service-learning curriculum that includes:
- Rigorous & authentic language arts learning experiences aligned with Common Core standards
- Integration of technology to research, participate in and advocate for issues of social justice
- Developmentally appropriate, research-based service-learning that will be utilized to form critical & compassionate thinkers
In 2015, St. Mark's piloted this program with it's 3rd grade class. 3rd graders researched and voted on a topic that was important to them, childhood cancer, and then chose "Alex's Lemonade Stand" as the charitable cause they would advocate for. This topic was integrated into the 3rd grade curriculum throughout the year and students were tasked with note taking, researching, educating, advocating and fundraising on behalf of "Alex's Lemonade Stand." As part of their learning, they also utilized technology to develop multi-media presentations such as educational videos (see links below!), school-wide presentations and marketing fliers to spread the word about childhood cancer. Students were also visited by 3 guest speakers with a connection to cancer to enhance their learning. The project culminated in an end of year fundraiser where students planned & operated their own "Alex's Lemonade Stand," prepared & sang a special song for the school, shared the educational video they created (see link below!) and proudly donated all proceeds to Alex's cause.
St. Mark's aims to roll out Service-Learning initiatives school-wide to every grade level over the next 3 years. We know that forming strong leaders for social justice starts here and we are excited to help our students become educated and compassionate contributors to change.
Watch the 3rd Graders Videos on Cancer HERE: