W.Va. Schools Encouraged to Apply for $10,000 Service Learning Grant

February 10, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Education Commission of the States National Center for Learning and Citizenship is encouraging West Virginia schools to apply for the Service Learning Schools of Success Award. Schools chosen for the award will receive $10,000 over two years. Winners will be announced in May.
Ten schools across the country will be selected for the award based on their experience sustaining the following elements of service-learning, which have shown to lead to greater student achievement and success:  

(1) Vision and Leadership,
(2) Curriculum and Assessment,
(3) Professional Development,
(4) Community-School Partnerships and
(5) Continuous improvement.

The 10 schools will form the Service-Learning Schools of Success Network. The schools will contribute to a national service-learning advocacy campaign as well as receive local and national media coverage for their service-learning success, contributions and progress.  

ECS is a national, nonprofit organization that works with governors, state legislators, state education leaders and others to develop policies to improve public education at all levels.

Interested schools must complete and submit the "Intent to Apply Form" no later than Feb. 27. A completed application including attachments must be submitted by 5 p.m. March 31.

An application and guidelines is available here: http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2009/award-form.doc

For more information, contact the National Center for Learning and Citizenship at (303) 299-3636 or the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.