Florida (March 19, 2013)
A $19,000 State Farm grant to KIDS Consortium will bring a series of service-learning professional development experiences to Polk County educators, with a focus on STEM and the arts. KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) is a nonprofit organization focused on implementing service learning projects in schools and community organizations.
During 2013, approximately 35 educators from 7 Polk schools will be selected to participate, and will use what they learn to engage approximately 700 K-8 students in service-learning projects. Student projects will integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and art content, and will focus on school and community problems such as improving nutrition and access to locally grown foods, water quality and energy conservation.
"Service learning is a high priority for Polk County Public Schools. More than 2100 students participated in high quality service learning during school year 2012-13. This professional development opportunity will provide 35 teachers at seven schools the ability to link service learning to the STEM curriculum resulting in increased student achievement and civic engagement," said Margaret Anne Wheeler, Senior Coordinator, Polk County Schools Community Involvement.
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