Love Walk Partner Spotlight:School for Community Learning

What is the name and mission of your organization?

We are the School for Community Learning. Our vision is to create a learning environment that empowers students to be active directors in their education and communities.

The  mission of School for Community Learning is to discover, recognize and nurture the talents and gifts of each child and graduating students with the capacity, knowledge and social awareness to be actively engaged in their communities.

In the last year, what are three major events/accomplishments of your organization?

In Spring 2016, students built raised bed gardens for our school and we adopted our first bee hive thanks to a partnership with Bee Public.

In the summer of 2016, we committed to becoming the first school in Indianapolis to adopt the Sustainable Schools Project model school-wide.  This is a dynamic model for school improvement and civic engagement designed to help schools use sustainability as an integrating context for curriculum, community partnerships, and campus practices.

In the fall of 2016, we celebrated the start of our 5th year as a school.  Over the course of five years our student body has grown from 30 to 75 students, our students have engaged in dozens of service learning and community-based projects, and we have built a reputation for having an excellent learning environment that embraces children for who they are and teaches them the value of community involvement.

How did you develop a relationship with Bust The B.U.B.B.L.E.?

Our school’s mission is to discover new partners and engage in meaningful community engagement with our neighbors. Establishing a relationship with Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E. movement was a natural next step for our school. Anthony Murdock, II a member of  Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E. team has been a guest speaker for our middle school class.

Why was being a partner in this Walk with Bust The B.U.B.B.L.E. important to you?

Each year our school participates as a whole school to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through service. Our school was honored to receive the invitation to participate as a partner in this year’s Love walk. The Love Walk is great symbol to honor Dr, King’s legacy and provide our student leaders with the opportunity to express their ideas and learn the art of collaboration.

What are some of your organization’s upcoming events that you’d like our readers to know about?

In addition to our Day of Service on MLK Day, we will hold another school-wide day of service in early May. In April we will be participating in the statewide Eco Science Fair.  In addition, our teachers and students are regularly planning trips around the city and engaging in projects that impact ourselves and our community.  For your readers that are interested in following our movements, we encourage them to “like” us on Facebook and visit our website regularly (www.schoolforcommunitylearning.org).

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