The Llano Grande Center, with support from the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant, will be hosting a free full-day seminar in October for teachers and students on service learning.
This workshop, scheduled for November 13, will enable teachers and students to understand the elements and benefits of service-learning and to design service-learning projects for their own classrooms. Because State Farm is committed to supporting service learning in more classrooms across South Texas, this workshop is open to teachers and students from across the Rio Grande Valley.
As part of the workshop, the Llano Grande Center will share its own curriculum for service learning, as well as examples of some of the success stories to come out of Edcouch-Elsa High School. One of those successes includes a group of students who organized an awareness campaign to inform teens about the dangers of distracted driving.
“Being involved last year in Llano Grande’s Ready, Set, Drive project was life changing,” said Angie Rodriguez, a 2009 Edcouch-Elsa High School graduate who helped to organize the cleanups. “It’s not about just giving my time to a service project, but about changing myself, seeing others change as well, and learning things I may not have learned otherwise in a typical classroom.”
Teachers who participate are eligible to recieve a free Flip camcorder (www.theflip.com) to document whatever service learning projects they initiate at their own school.
A brochure of the workshop can be downloaded HERE. For more information, or to register for the workshop, please call Associate Director Delia Perez at (956) 262-4474. Because space is limited, teachers are asked to register as soon as possible.