Students in the Nest, Pond, Lake, and Sky pursue service learning projects each year to connect to people, places, and issues within our school, neighborhood, city, and world. Through this work, our students will become actively engaged citizens and stewards while having a genuine impact. Service-Learning, based on the definition from the Community Works Institute, is an educational strategy that combines academic and social goals to meet real community needs. Projects have a compelling sense of purpose that resonates strongly with educators, students, and partners. There are both academic and service related goals combined with meaningfully integrated reflection. Most importantly, engagement and reciprocity among all partners creates meaningful collaboration.
Some of the organizations our WSL groups have partnered with in the past include: UW Arboretum, Fritz Food Pantry at the Goodman Community Center, Gay Straight Alliance, WORT Community Radio, Little Free Libraries, Madison Public Library: Sequoya Branch, Dudgeon-Monroe Neighborhood, Clean Lakes Alliance, Madinah Academy, and Eagle Heights.