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$400 Classroom Award

Northland K-12 teachers, including the communities of Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Esko, Duluth, Hermantown, Maple, Proctor, Superior, and Two Harbors, may apply to receive $400 for classroom service-learning opportunities

Service-learning is an evidence-based teaching methodology. Service-learning is an instructional strategy producing good lesson design. Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic standards to build knowledge, character and civic skills in young people and strengthen communities.

What is an example of service learning?


  • Cleaning up a river bank is an example of community service.
  • Sitting in a science classroom, looking at water samples under a microscope is an example of learning.
  • Science students meeting state standards/ learner outcomes by taking samples from local water sources, then analyzing the samples, documenting the results, presenting the scientific information to a pollution control agency, and reflecting on the impact these results may have on future pollution control issues and our own behaviors and attitudes is an example of service learning.

Everyone Wins With Service-Learning

Agencies Win:

  • New partners in their efforts to fulfill their mission
  • Prepared and supervised youth volunteers
  • New ideas, energy and enthusiasm
  • Positive visibility in the school and community
  • Opportunities for new funding and other resources
  • A new, committed generation of volunteers

Schools Win:

  • Students are engaged in their education and community
  • Students learn more readily because they are learning by doing
  • Teachers become mentors and guides
  • Community members become partners with schools in educating youth
  • School climate improves as students take more responsibilities for actions
  • Schools come to be seen as a resource within the community

Youth Win:

  • Personal development
  • The young person’s learning is enhanced
  • A sense of place and of accomplishment
  • A new way of viewing society and the issues within a community
  • Valuable leadership experience
  • Positive lifestyle choices and behaviors
  • By experiences, youth are making a difference

Communities and Society Win:

  • Youth become active citizens
  • Unmet needs are addressed and problems begin to be solved
  • New energy and commitment to the community and for the common good emerges
  • Youth come to be seen as resources, instead of problems in the community
  • Community members, both young and old, rich and poor, race upon race, can begin to work hand-in-hand together to solve community problems and learn from one another


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