Learn and Serve Grant Applications Available

October 25, 2007


CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ The West Virginia Department of Education is accepting applications for competitive grants for West Virginia’s Learn and Serve Program thanks to funding made available by the Corporation for National and Community Service.  

The WVDE anticipates awarding up to 10 one-year grants to public schools serving students in grades K-12. The amount of the grants will be approximately $5,000 for the 2008-2009 school year.  

Projects must meet the following objectives:

1.    Twenty classroom teachers will be trained to serve as service learning teachers (SLTs).  As many as 500 students, teachers and/or administrators will participate in service learning/community service awareness sessions.  Of the SLTs and students trained, at least 80 percent will express understanding (on a Likert scale survey) of service-learning techniques and values.  One-half of all Learn and Serve projects will receive a site visit and follow-up written performance report from a Learn and Serve project monitor during the 2008-2009 school year.


2.    Following participation in the West Virginia HI-Y’s Youth in Government program (Student Legislature and Student Supreme Court of Appeals) or the HI-Y Student Model United Nations Assembly, or in alternate learning experiences focused on citizenship rights and responsibilities, at least 75 percent of all students will achieve at least 70 percent mastery on written knowledge assessments regarding the operation of West Virginia state government, the United Nations, or citizenship rights and responsibilities. Further, the three component programs Student Legislature, Student Supreme Court of Appeals and Model United Nations Assembly or the alternate learning experiences will be positively rated by participants on WVDE provided evaluation forms.


3.    At least 10 local subgrantees will design and implement their own unique service learning projects based on student research of their community needs.  These projects will address neighborhood improvement and must show collaboration with faith-based and/or community-based organizations.  Evaluation will consist of the WVDE Learn and Serve state administrator’s review of subgrantee-developed written reports describing research data, planning techniques, objectives, implementation process, results and reflection.

To obtain West Virginia service learning funding, applicants also must:

1.    Organize school-community experiences to meet the three West Virginia Learn and Serve objectives;


2.    Cooperate with the Learn and Serve training specialist, who will tailor site visits to promote an increase in the quality, quantity and participation of the service learning personnel and projects;


3.    Send three students to a week-long, residential summer camp experience to improve their service learning activities and leadership skills; and


4.    Send at least one adult project adviser and one student to a two-day, one-night training workshop in October or November 2008 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, Tucker County.

The WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in April of 2008 and announce the grant recipients in May 2008, with funding expected to begin in September 2008.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 7, 2008, at 3 p.m.  Applicants should include the original application plus six copies.  Applications should be mailed or delivered to:  Sallie Harrington, assistant director, Office of Planning, Evaluation, Special Programs and Support Services, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305. She also can be reached at (304) 558-7881, by fax at (304) 558-3946 or by e-mail at sharring@access.k12.wv.us  or pgivens@access.k12.wv.us .


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