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Joplin Educator Receives State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant to Link Classroom Learning to Community Problem-Solving
Jill White and Nasha Robinson, a counselor at Royal Heights Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri, has received a $1,500 State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant to lead the Bright Futures service-learning council in a semester-long service-learning project to address recycling in Joplin.
The council's project is in its beginning stages and will continue through Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, 2014. They identified a need in the community they are passionate about and her students have chosen to research recycling. They will study the effects of recycling locally and nationally and problem solve ways that they can impact Joplin specifically. With the money the council earns by cashing in recycled material, they will donate back to an organization in town that helps fight hunger. Students will also attempt to team up with the YPN recycling team to assist with their upcoming ballot initiative.
Nasha Robinson is one of 75 State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year. The competitive grants, offered by State Farm in partnership with YSA (Youth Service America), support educators in YSA's Semester of Service, an extended service-learning framework that engages students in addressing real-world needs in their communities by connecting service activities with intentional learning goals and academic standards. Independent evaluations confirm that Semester of Service has a positive significant impact on student engagement and related measures of academic achievement.
"Many congratulations to Nasha Robinson as she and the Bright Futures service learning council embark on a Semester of Service; it is one of the most effective ways we have to enhance student achievement and improve communities," said Steven A. Culberton, president and CEO of YSA. "Thanks are due to State Farm, who for twelve years has partnered with YSA to support high-impact, high-quality service and service-learning."
Principal at Royal Heights Elementary said, "Service learning makes learning relevant for students. Semester of Service engages students in real problem solving and application of their academics while they also learn what it feels like to make a difference. Ben Franklin said it best, 'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'"
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