Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CPS Recognizes SL Coaches and Top Practitioners

CPS Service-Learning Coaches gathered for the Annual Coach Recognition and Awards Ceremony on May 24, 2011, at the National Museum of Mexican Art along with teachers, principals, students and community partners.

In what has become an annual affair to acknowledge the excellent work of our Service-Learning Coaches and award top performers in service-learning, the event culminated a year of extraordinary work in service-learning. In addition to hundreds of coach and teacher-initiated service-learning projects, CPS also featured the Jane Addams Week of Service, Martin Luther King Celebration of Service, Cesar E. Chavez Month of Service, Chicago Youth Service Day, Adopt-an-Ecosystem, Elections 2011, and Carbon Emissions Reduction Action Project. This sampling of projects is just a taste of the experiences available to CPS students this year.

The evening's theme - We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand tiny threads - comes from the pen of Herman Melville. His thoughts encourage each of us to recognize and explore the connections that bind us together in a common humanity. Service-learning is an excellent teaching and learning strategy to help students see and act upon these connections.

Winners of this year's service-learning awards were:

Community Partner - Hostelling International Chicago
SL Coach - Jeanne Walker, Orr High School, and Saswati Koya, Chicago Academy
Principal - James Schwartz, Al Raby High School
Teacher - Necia Jeffries, Roosevelt High School, Patricia Holloway, Chicago Discovery Academy, Katrina Vafakos, Taft High School
Students - Nicole Bolton, Morgan Park High School, Jasmine Sarmiento, Kelvyn Park High School, Jose Solis, Kelly High School, Ericka Ballard, King College Prep, Mauricio Ruiz, Foreman High School, Princess Davis, Marine Military Academy

Congratulations to the 2011 Service-Learning Award winners.

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