Learn and Serve Funding Engages Michigan Students

Contact: Elyse V. Walter
(517) 241-0063

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) today announced 25 Michigan K-12 school districts will receive $476,489 in Learn and Serve - Michigan funding to develop high quality service-learning programs for the 2010-2011 school year. 

Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that connects meaningful service to the community with classroom instruction that when done well enriches learning, teaches civic responsibility, and fosters personal growth. It helps youth see beyond the classroom and into the community where they learn math, science, language arts, and other required subjects by addressing community needs and solving real-life problems. The 2010-2011 Learn and Serve - Michigan grantees will use service-learning to address local needs in their communities centered around education, public safety, human needs, and the environment. 

"Service-learning has been shown to build critical thinking and communication skills, increase student motivation, and improve academic knowledge and performance," said Paula Kaiser VanDam, Executive Director of the MCSC. "We are excited 25 school districts in Michigan will enrich their students' academic experiences through Learn and Serve - Michigan grants."

The following 25 Michigan K-12 school districts will receive funding for the coming year:

Learn and Serve - Michigan Grantee

Amount of Funding

Michigan County Location

Belding Area Schools

$15,000

Ionia

Bingham Arts Academy

$4,500

Bay

Buena Vista School District

$6,000

Saginaw

Carrollton Public Schools

$6,000

Saginaw

Charlevoix Public Schools

$15,000

Charlevoix

Chassell Township Schools

$15,000

Houghton

Detroit Edison Public School Academy

$6,000

Wayne

Detroit Service-Learning Academy

$15,000

Wayne

Fitzgerald Public Schools

$24,500

Macomb

Grand Blanc Community Schools

$24,500

Genesee

Inland Lakes Schools

$15,000

Cheboygan

Kent Intermediate School District

$40,000

Kent

Kentwood Public Schools

$8,000

Kent

Lake Orion Community Schools

$24,500

Oakland

Montcalm Intermediate School District

$24,500

Montcalm

Onaway Area Community School

$14,989

Presque Isle

Pennfield Schools

$15,000

Calhoun

Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium, & Keweenaw

$6,000

Houghton

Romulus Community Schools

$24,500

Wayne

Saranac Community Schools

$24,500

Ionia

School District of the City of Detroit

$70,000

Wayne

Sparta Area Schools

$8,000

Kent

Stanton Township Public Schools

$15,000

Houghton

Traverse Bay Area ISD

$40,000

Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau

Willow Run Community Schools

$15,000

Washtenaw

Total

$476,489

21 Counties

Of the 25 Learn and Serve - Michigan grantees, seven are new to the program for the 2010-2011 school year. They include Buena Vista School District, Carrollton Public Schools; Detroit Edison Public School Academy; Kentwood Public Schools; Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium, and Keweenaw; Sparta Area Schools; and Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District.

In a recent report released by the MCSC, 2009-2010 Learn and Serve - Michigan grantees:

  • Helped 29,181 students complete 606,937 hours of service-learning.
  • Engaged 1,508 K-12 Michigan teachers in service-learning curriculum.
  • Utilized thousands of adult volunteers in completing community revitalization projects.