3820641671?profile=originalIn an article written by Education Week discusses the positive attributes of service learning; “Service learning can teach students and teachers a great deal. Although the final product is the culminating event that everyone works hard to achieve, service learning is also about the process from beginning to end. The whole experience can be a great learning experience, especially when students are a part of the decision making.” (DeWitt, 2012)

The article continues with discussing the viewpoints of why service learning is so important in the school setting. “Many students get caught up in their own lives, and their importance often revolves around friends, family, sports or academics. Through service learning students can see their part of the larger community and learn why it is important to help others. In addition, if the projects involve helping out people in third world countries, students may see that their lives are not as bad as they may think.” (DeWitt, 2012)

Dewitt continues by saying, “Service learning projects can be life changing for students. They learn empathy for others, and may even get the real life experience they need to inspire them to find a career. Through helping others, students may find that they want to go into the human services field or even go more global by joining the Peace Corps.” (Dewitt, 2012)

Overall, service learning is an important aspect in our future generations. It utilizes the fundamental skills that educators are seeking. It also supports the schools’ and communities’ willingness for positive change and supports growth from our young leaders.


About the Author:
MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts. She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling. She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect. Respect for oneself, others, and the community.

(MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 24 years on the island in 2021. MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu that engenders physical and psychological growth, respect, courage, community activism and leadership.

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes. Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

You can contact through email: strongheart@mercerislandmartialarts.com; calling 206 230-9050.

The school is located at:
2630 77th Ave SE #106-108 Mercer Island, WA 98040
Parking free under the building.

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