Service Learning Semester Wrap-Up
During the fall 2016 semester, Center for Faith and Public Life offered 20 service-learning courses, resulting in over 270 students working at 24 community partner organizations throughout Fairfield County. Students worked with Head Start programs, local schools, health care clinics, community centers and social service organizations, among others, to tackle issues like food security, homelessness and housing, refugee resettlement, education and poverty. View our 2016 CFPL Service Learning Photo Gallery to see photos from the semester.
Several courses held end-of-semester events. African Politics course held a celebration with the refugee youth they were mentoring all semester in partnership with the International Institute of Connecticut. Additional events included Exploration in Education course poster presentations, Language and Literacy’s final tutoring day and certificate presentation, and students from Elementary Spanish classes wrote children’s books in Spanish as their final project and read them aloud to the Kindergarteners from Cesar Batalla school in their annual Read Aloud event before presenting them as gifts for their classroom library. The event is one of many collaborations that takes place each semester with Cesar Batalla School and Fairfield University, organized by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) and the Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL).
Stories of our service-learning activities were highlighted throughout the semester on News@Fairfield, ThinkSpace and Fairfield's social media accounts: Students Travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar for Service Learning, Student ThinkSpace Reflection and Read Aloud Day with Cesar Batalla Kindergarten Classes.
During the spring semester, CFPL is offering 22 service-learning courses and the work conducted by service-learning students from the 2016-17 academic year will be presented at the annual Service Learning Appreciation event in April.