Service learning is a form of project based learning in which academic goals are accomplished through community service. Service learning is neither an add-on nor a diversion from the curriculum. It is a powerful approach to teaching that provides kids with authentic learning experiences in which they learn academic content in a real-life, real-world context. Properly implemented, service learning develops citizenship, responsibility, and many other positive character virtues, making it a highly effective character education program in and of itself.
Here are some useful resources that will help you do it right:
THE GOODCHARACTER SERVICE LEARNING PRIMER:
A service learning manual for teachers. Gives step by step instructions for creating and implementing service learning projects. Includes many examples.
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT EXAMPLES:
An abundant collection of exemplary projects for K-12. Some very modest, some downright breathtaking.
SERVICE LEARNING WEB RESOURCES:
Links to additional sources of information about service learning and organizations that provide opportunities for young people to become involved in service activities.