WPS Service Learning

Upcoming Events

Leadership and Community Service Training Program: sponsored by WPS Service Learning and SCI Social Capital Inc. Spring 2021

Click here for link to SCI Inc. webpage for info, and here for a recording of March 3rd information session.

The Leadership and Community Service Training Program revolves around the SCI Youth Grant Pitch Contest, which engages youth-led groups in creating community projects designed to address the mental health needs of their peers. These projects can range from organizing clean-up days of nature areas, to volunteering with the elderly, to creating PSAs about mental health. Student groups whose initial applications are approved will then be paired with a professional coach who will assist in developing project ideas and proposals. The program will culminate in a Pitch Contest event, where a panel of judges will award Grant funds for project implementation to selected groups. Student clubs are encouraged to participate, and individual students will have the opportunity to be matched with others to form a group during the information sessions. Zoom information sessions will be held Wednesday, March 3rd from 3-4 pm, and Thursday, March 4th from 5-6 pm. Click on the posted times for Zoom links. All applications due Friday, March 12th via email to Ms. Edenhofner, WPS Service Learning Coordinator. For more information, email Ms. Edenhofner, at aedenhofner@winchesterps.org. For more information about SCI Social Capital Inc., please visit https://socialcapitalinc.org/. Application form is found at SCI Pitch Contest Application link at top of page.

McCall Selects 2021 Ambassador for Project 351: Alessandra Pejrolo Highlighted in Winchester Star Article

Eighth grader student Alessandra Pejrolo from the Gold Team has been selected as this year's McCall student ambassador to Project 351. Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the unifying and uplifting power of community. At the heart of Project 351 is the dedication and compassion of our eighth grade Ambassadors. Annually, educators select their hometown Ambassador for an exemplary ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude.

Read the full story about Alessandra Pejrolo and Project 351 at WickedLocal.com.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a teaching method in which classroom lessons are applied to addressing real needs in the community. The strongest learning experiences allow for: youth initiative, time for reflection on the service experience, and opportunity for students to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge through service. Positive outcomes include:

  • Development of youth leadership

  • Increased student engagement

  • Students informed of possible careers

  • Community building

  • Authentic assessments

Zen Garden Club Close to Completing Installation

When French teacher Eileen Milner spoke with her classes about student stress, as well as the losses of loved ones and friends in the recent past, she knew she had to take action. She began taking her classes outside to garden, practice mindfulness, and have fun, all the while conversing in French. These outings soon grew into a student club that began planning for a more formal garden that could be shared by all students.

After consulting with several professionals and community representatives, including Mr. Peter White of Zen Associates, and Mr. Jay Gill of the Winchester DPW, students presented their proposal to school administrators, the Winchester School Committee, and the Town Select Board to explain their goal of creating an out of doors space for students to decompress.

In addition to student fundraisers, including cookie and pizza sales, car washes, and a movie night, several individuals and organizations stepped forward to offer financial support, including the Town Select Board, EnKa, the Winchester Rotary Club, WFEE, the Winchester Garden Club, and the Winchester Home and Garden Club.

Garden installation began during the fall of 2020, and students hope to complete installation of the Zen Garden by June 2021.