The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to provide quality learning experiences and build relationships that develop productive citizens ready for their futures. We know that to do this what we teach our students must go beyond just academics. This is why we include initiatives like PBIS, Rachel’s Challenge and community service in our school days.
Over the past couple of months, our Dodger students have found various ways to give back to our community. Here are some examples:
- Riverside Early Learning Center students conducted a coin drive to benefit the Humane Society and a food drive for local food banks.
- Elementary students donated items to be sent to soldiers overseas, traveled to Friendship Haven to sing carols with the residents collected non-perishable items for local food pantries among other projects.
- Middle school Dodger Times are conducting service learning projects: collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, collecting Coins for Cancer, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, collecting winter apparel for organizations in town and spending time helping out at Almost Home.
- Students in the Academic Learning Center (ALC) at the middle school raised money to buy food items for Operation Christmas and also helped sort items at Iowa Central Community College’s annual “Share What You Wear” event.
- The FDSH newspaper and yearbook staffs again sponsored the Giving Tree in cooperation with the Salvation Army. The National Honor Society hosted its annual blood drive offering students an opportunity to be a holiday hero by donating lifesaving blood. Members of Mr. Bennett’s Dodger Time also collected money to buy a bike for Bikes for Tykes. The FDSH Leadership Club also hosted a movie night to raise funds for Toys for Tots.
Teaching students the value of service benefits the students, our staff and our community.
Students participating in service learning can increase their understanding of a topic, gain hands-on experience, grow their understanding of diverse cultures and communities, learn more about social issues and their root causes and develop leadership skills.
Integrating service learning into curriculum encourages our staff to use interactive teaching methods, develop students’ civic and leadership skills, foster relationships with community organizations and provide firsthand knowledge of community issues.
Community organizations benefit by gaining additional human resources needed, growing the organization’s volunteer pool, increasing public awareness of key issues and helping prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s civic leaders.
Community support is a vital part of any school district. The service learning projects completed by our students allow “Red and Black to Give Back” to the community that supports us so well.
Service learning benefits information from the University of Minnesota.