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Service Learning is a one semester, high school level elective course designed to promote the philosophy and practice of community and public service. Students will outline social issues, study and discuss concepts in community service disciplines, learn professional skills, explore service careers, and utilize their varied abilities to promote and complete service learning projects. Students will examine and develop a range of skills in a number of interpersonal areas: group dynamics, decision-making, managing differences, and leadership as they pertain to primarily nonprofit organizations and their ability to lead a volunteer workforce. Basic steps in researching funding ideas, including how to use the Internet as a fundamental tool will be explored. Through a business and technology based curriculum the students will receive a foundation in financial planning, fundraising practices in nonprofit organizations and utilize state of the art computer applications including a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Publisher to produce promotional information for community service projects. Knowledge learned in this course will be reinforced and expanded on using a variety of hands-on learning techniques including cooperative learning projects, oral presentations, collaborative projects with the Home and Careers classes at Woodland Middle School, writing assignments, Internet based research projects, and guest speakers.
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