Service to the community is an important part of the academic program at The Bridge Way School. As students develop, they are challenged to plan and initiate local and regional service learning projects with meaningful academic and personal connections.
Research has shown that in addition to developing responsibility in the student, service learning has a positive impact on a student’s personal, social, and cognitive outcomes 1, and reduces risk behaviors 2.
It is our goal that students recognize that service to the community is of value not just to others but also to themselves. Through service learning, students learn to connect service initiatives to their own personal and intellectual growth.
- Melchior, A. and Bailis, L. N. “Impact of Service-learning on Civic Attitudes and Behaviors of Middle and High School Youth: Findings from Three National Evaluations.” A. Furco and S. H. Billig (Eds.). Advances in Service-learning Research: Vol.1. Service-learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy (pp. 201–222). Information Age, 2002. 14 November 2009. ↩
- Billig, S. H. “Adoption, implementation, and sustainability of K–12 service-learning.” A. Furco and S. H. Billig (Eds.). Advances in Service-learning Research: Vol.1. Service-learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy (pp. 245–267). Information Age, 2002. 14 November 2009. ↩