A Call to Action: Make a Difference . . . Together!
"One person can make a difference. A lot of people can make a big difference!" Just as a teacher from Crellin Elementary School in Crellin, Maryland said in the "Schools that Change Communities" video, we are determined to unite our member schools and key community agencies to make a big difference.
Join the Growing Together Network Today!
The Growing Together Network utilizes Service-Learning/Project Based Learning as instructional strategies to enrich the teaching/learning process, enhance student success, improve school climate, and actively address a wide range of significant local/global needs/issues. This “community” fosters effective partnerships among schools, community agencies/organizations, higher education partners, and philanthropic sponsors so that desired results can be achieved over time. Please sign in (it's free) the first time you visit this site to make sure we can keep you updated on all of our free resources. Sign in today!
Featured Network-Wide Project: Hunger Action Month . . . Art Action
What is "Art Action"? Students will learn about the issue of hunger in Ohio and the United States through a hands-on regional art showcase that runs September through November 2013. K-12 educators can use this opportunity to help students explore information, issues, and potential solutions re: the conditions of hunger and food insecurity. Students can then express their understanding of the issue through the creation of an interpretive visual art piece. See below, right under "Call to Action" to learn more!
"I get so excited when it is time for 7th period because I know we are doing something great to help others." -- LeAire N., 8th grader, Buckeye Middle School, Columbus, OH
Featured Video: "Hunger Hits Home"
Watch a short clip of "Hunger Hits Home" found to the right. The documentary is a one-hour special that takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, activists, educators and politicians on the front-lines of the battle. Presented by Food Network and Share Our Strength's "No Kid Hungry Campaign." View full video.
"Hunger Hits Home" Clip
Featured School Project: 6th Annual Habitat Day . . . Caring for Those in Our Community
Habitat Day has been a tradition of Barrington’s Informal Progressive Program for the past six years. Each year, as a part of significant service and learning, students participate in a “field trip at school” that includes presentations, workshops, hands-on activities, arts integration, and service, all centered on our yearlong K-5 theme. See Barrington's school blog.
Bexley Middle School "Community and Service" Day a Success
Bexley, OH—Bexley Middle School has a long tradition of service to the community through such events as their Harvest Festival and their annual clothing drive to benefit (read more . . .)
Siemer Family Foundation Grant Awarded to “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network for Third Consecutive Year
Columbus, OH—The Siemer Family Foundation has granted $10,000 to the non-profit Partnerships Make a Difference through The Columbus Foundation’s The Big Give 2. Read more . . .
Ridgemont High School Teachers Inspire Their Students Through Science and Creative Writing
Mt. Victory, OH—Environmental science teacher Araina Johnson and creative writing teacher Hannah Rust have combined efforts to lead their students in a service-learning project that will benefit younger students, libraries and charities in the area, and the Columbus Zoo! Read more . . .
Upper Arlington Community School Delves into Service-Learning
Upper Arlington, OH—Both experiential learning and service have always been priorities at the Upper Arlington Community School, (read more . . .)
Annual “Growing Together” Planning Session and Program Launch Held for School and Community Partners
The annual “Growing Together” Planning Session and Program Launch was held on Wednesday, August 7, at Upper Arlington High School. "Growing Together" member schools were represented by more than 40 teachers. (Read more . . .)
Columbus Foundation Awards Grant for Continuation and Expansion of “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network
The Columbus Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to Partnerships Make a Difference for the continuation and (read more . . .)
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Awards Grant to Support “Growing Together” Service-Learning Leadership Seminar: Level 1
The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded a professional development grant of $18,000 grant (read more . . .)
AEP Foundation Donates to Network
The American Electric Power Foundation presented Partnerships Make A Difference with a contribution in the amount of $75,000.00 for the continuation and expansion of the "Growing Together" Service-Learning Network. This award will allow the network to (read more . . .)
Service-Learning and Project Based Learning Resources Available
You will find many effective (and free) resources available on this website. Click on each link to find workshop handouts, "model" Service-Learning/PBL projects to download, videos, other great websites, and effective workshop activities.
• Download model projects
• View videos
• Explore helpful websites
• Download effective activities
Research Supports Youth Service and Service-Learning
One of the most frequently asked questions Youth Service America receives is to share what they know about youth service.
YSA has compiled "10 Facts About Youth Service" that highlight the research and studies that they reference most often in their work. These facts cover how many youth serve, why they serve, why we need them to serve, and the many, many benefits and outcomes of youth service.
Looking to Learn More About Service-Learning and Project Based Learning?
Partnerships Make A Difference and the "Growing Together" Service-Learning Network offers a variety of professional development opportunities focused on using Service-Learning and Project Based Learning as instructional strategies. Read more . . .
February 24: Level 2+ grad class (Jones Middle School, 4:30-7:00 pm)
March 6: Critical Issues Summit (Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 8:30 am-3:30 pm).
April 9-12: 25th Annual National Service-Learning Conference (Washington, DC)
April 28: Level 2+ grad class (Jones Middle School, 4:30-7:00 pm)
May 15: "Power of Service-Learning" Youth Summit (Mid-Ohio Foodbank, TBD)
May 15: "Growing Together" End-of-Year Celebration (Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 4:30-
6:30 pm) (Includes Level 2+ grad course participants, 4:30-7:00 pm)
Join Us In Meeting the Needs of our Key Community Agencies
How can teachers, students, and agencies/organizations work collaboratively on some of our community's greatest needs? Great things can and will happen if you and your students get involved in our "Call to Action" projects. Community leaders will post project opportunities, and if you choose to get involved, your students will be helping to solve real-life problems and issues while enhancing their academic skills and knowledge.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank -- Hunger Action Month: Art Action
It's Hunger Action Month. Help Mid-Ohio Foodbank raise awareness about hunger in our community through "Art Action" (September-November). Read more about getting involved with Art Action, as well as lots of great related service-learning ideas!.