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Community Herald: Service learning: A hands-on game changer

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“You get to help other people and build skills … it’s school but it’s not like school, it’s really fun,” says Colleyne McDonald (R) with fellow Halifax West O2 student Sara Macdonald (L) showcasing dollhouses to be donated to IWK Children’s Hospital.

Students are getting their hands dirty, constructing confidence and community links through service learning and real life opportunities.

Service Learning Week began June 2, when students across Nova Scotia showcased projects focused around community engagement and tangible outcomes.

Grade 10 students at Halifax West High School built 10 ornately detailed dollhouses to donate to IWK children’s hospital as part of their project.

“There were some ups and downs and some parts were frustrating,” said Sara Macdonald. “The shingles were a struggle.”

… But one of the key ‘game changers’ is getting the message to parents about what the program is about says Shane Shaw, O2 coordinator at Millwood High School in Sackville. “It’s not only about trades.”

For the complete story see Community Herald.

Herald Communities: Helping furry friends through carpentry

Helping furry friends HeraldWhether it’s a dog house for the SPCA or cat shelters for feral felines, high school students in HRM are busy creating something good for the community, and learning valuable skills along the way…

Helping furry friends through carpentry