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New Pride of Preuss member receiving their awards.
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Service Learning is More Significant than Community Service

Juniors have begun to prepare their service learning slides for senior exhibition.

The Service Learning project is one thing that all 11th graders at Preuss are required to complete. During the process, students learn how to turn an idea that is community oriented, make a plan for that idea, execute the idea, and then see how much it affects the community in a beneficial way. This project begins at the end of 1st semester and is completed by the end of junior year. Service Learning projects are not comparable to community service. Community service is volunteering in some organizations. This is better than community service, because this actually is more observable and requires more developmental skills.

Service learning is more important than the community service requirement of 25 hours. This is mainly due to the fact that the service learning is something that the students only have a semester to complete and complete a fantastic project. Both of the projects are required to graduate. 

To complete the Service Learning project juniors need to have a tangible product, a measurable outcome or a collection of data, and it must be approved by the administration. During this project students learn how to manage their time, gather and purchase materials, and execute and finalize the project. However community service requires you to just to complete the required volunteer hours and have the organization/person you volunteered for to sign it. This means that the service learning is actually much harder to complete than community service.

Some examples of the Service Learning project includes the creation of the community health fair, helping to create and staff the reenrollment day, maintaining the garden plots in the school, administering the Preuss Feeding San Diego project, creating a clothing drive, and many more different project that are done and are proposed to help the community.

Currently the students that I know have finished brainstorming an idea for the service learning project. Then after that they joined their groups for the project. And also submitted a rough idea to their advisory teacher which means that currently the project idea can be switched. However, the project idea already has some planning so it would not be a bright idea to change it unless the project is terrible or they find a better idea. 

But in the case of the community service project most people have already thought about what they wanted to do and already completed the required hours, but if they have not completed the required hours or started completing most of the required hours. They still have the summer and the next year to complete it.

The fact that the Service Learning is something that is required to be completed in such a short amount of time of one semester while the community service can be completed during the entire time of high school. This makes me believe that most people will put much more effort in Service Learning rather than community service, because of the fact that it is observed by peers and authority figures that the student knows personally.

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