NJ's Learn and Serve Programs
"FY98" 2/98-1/99

Burlington County Special Services School District

Dick Scott
Ext. 233 Woodlane Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060

Project KLICS (Kids Learning in Community Service), provides services that address identified community needs in the areas of building construction and maintenance; landscape beautification and upkeep; and service to senior and disabled citizens. Students work on construction projects with Homes of Hope and assist the county by building access ramps for the disabled. As a result, students gain valuable educational experiences which reinforces basic academic and vocational skills learned in project-orientated classrooms; benefit from consistent opportunities for integration and inclusion in the community; and enhance personal worth as a result of job completion and helping others.

Cape May County Vocational Technical School District

Dolores Lawrie-Higgins
188 Crest Haven Road
Cape May, NJ 0821

The goal of the Cape May County Technical School District (CMCTSD) is to provide students with service learning opportunities that allow them to serve there community in a productive manner, complete the high school academic requirements, and acquire an occupational trade. The "Habitat House" construction project involves four area schools, numerous adult volunteers, and seven academic programs at the CMCTSD. The goal of this project is to teach students how to construct a house under the supervision of their teacher that will be donated to needy family selected by Habitat for Humanity. Students will design and participate in public relations and fundraising initiatives, and learn about blue print reading, estimating, and landscaping. This project has been integrated into the curriculum of the following programs: Carpentry, Communication Arts, Heating/Cooling/Pluming/Electricity, Building Maintenance, Building Trades, and the culinary Arts. Students also participate in intergenerational projects, peer tutoring, the Special Olympics, crime prevention projects, blood drives, and literacy projects.

Fair Lawn High School

Jeanine Hayek
14-00 Berdan Ave.
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Project SCAN (Student Community Action Network) gives students an opportunity to become involved in a community-based learning experience. Students are asked to volunteer their time by participating in service projects that address the needs of the environment, senior citizens, and elementary school students. Students are encouraged to participate in these projects by registering for an elective course that would bear 2.5 credits for 43 hours of community service. Students also participate in such events as Grandparents Day, Cut-A-Thon, Senior Citizens Soiree, Christmas Wish List, Seeds to Grow program, and other projects that incorporate their actions with parts of their academic curriculum.

Gloucester County Vocational Technical School District

Meredith Flynn
Ext. 2101
Tanyard Road, PO Box 800
Sewell, NJ 08080

This program links "Project House", the annual construction of a 3-bedroom house by construction students of the Gloucester County Vocational Technical School District as part of their curriculum, with the Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. The students work on the on-site construction of the house during the day as part of their vocational curriculums. Students also become involved as volunteers by soliciting donations of equipment and materials for the project, volunteering in site preparation activities, and involving other adults and students as volunteers. Other projects incorporated into the curriculum include: "Field of Dreams", Veterans Memorial, Heart Walk, Penny Drive, and PASA food drive.

Long Branch School District

Rosalie Eig
Ext. 2359
6 West End Court
Long Branch, NJ 07740

This district matches students with service sites that have identified areas of community need. The intermediate students provide services to specific sites that they have identified while high school student's address a larger variety of social problems facing Long Branch residents. To help alleviate hunger due to poverty in the area, students participate in two major projects: Empty Bowls and Project E.A.T. (Everyone Ate Today). Empty Bowls integrates the coordination of a conference that teaches students and residents about hunger and the ramifications on the community into the health, social studies, and art curriculum. Project E.A.T. provides assistance to area food pantries and soup kitchens by integrating the coordination of food and clothing drives into the social studies and health curriculum. Students also provide recreational activities and companionship to senior citizens; provide tutoring and mentoring services to pre-school and elementary school students; participate in neighborhood beautification and water testing projects; and provide assistance with translating visitor guides and pamphlets from English to Spanish, Italian and French.

Newark Public Schools

William Madsen
Protestant Community Center, Inc.
25 James Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Students in this program volunteer for individual service projects concentrating on tutoring, literacy, and the homeless. Students meet in their respective schools to reflect upon their service experiences, discuss their participation in this program as it relates to their individual curricula, bond with their own school's service-learning classmates, assess the needs of their community, and assist in the coordination and implementation service projects. At the beginning of each semester, students also participate collectively at a combined weekend retreat and service project. After the project, they meet to compare their visions of community needs and issues, and reflect upon their roles in addressing community needs.

Plainfield School District

Louise Yohalem
School-Based Youth Services
925 Arlington Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060

The Plainfield Learn and Serve program embraces the concept that a child's education can be a blend of both theoretical and practical experiences. Plainfield brings together students from the middle and high schools to participate in learning-directed service projects that are an outgrowth of their work in a variety of classroom settings. The Plainfield Saturday Service Program (PSSP) provides community service opportunities to Plainfield high school students. These students provide tutoring services to children at the Jefferson Elementary School on a weekly basis. They also serve at the Plainfield Head Start program where they work in classrooms and social service offices. Learn and Serve students also provide social activities for senior citizens at the Richmond Towers housing complex and Plainfield Senior Citizen Center.

Salem County Vocational Technical School

Eveline Armstrong
Ext. 314
Salem County Vo-Tech.
Box 350
Woodstown, NJ 08098

SCVTS and its partners focus on environmental-related Learn and Serve activities for 120 K-8 students from the Mannington Township School District, and 205 SCVTS students from the five shared-time high schools of Salem County. Career planning and exploration, classroom/laboratory learning activities, and the academic content standards will continue to be integrated with community service projects. SCVTS students participate in three major service activities: construction of observation platforms, interpretation of nature trails, and the maintenance of two public parks in Salem County. Other service activities include litter control, recycling, water testing, wetland improvement, wildlife preservation, soil erosion/sediment control, Marine conservation, non-point pollution runoff, and pollution prevention.