Learn And Serve Grant Applications Available

September 24, 2004

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is pleased to announce the availability of competitive grants for West Virginias Learn & Serve Program. This competitive grant funding is made available by the Corporation for National & 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.  

The WV Learn & Serve objectives for the school year 2005-2006 are as follows:  

Twenty classroom teachers (at least two teachers from their program/school) will be trained to serve as Service-Learning Teachers (SLTs). Five hundred students (at least fifty students from your program/school) will be trained as Service-Learning Youth Advisors (SLYAs). Teachers and students will show at least 80 percent mastery of training received on selected service-learning techniques based upon a 5-point Likert Scale. The WVDE Service-Learning Specialist will provide workshop sessions to assist with training the teachers and students.  

Thirty students (at least three students from your program/school) will gain an understanding of WVs Hi-Y Youth In Government, Student Legislature, Student Supreme Court of Appeals, and the Hi-Y Student Model United Nations Assembly. They will achieve at least an 80 percent understanding of the operation of West Virginia State Government and the United Nations on a written (or oral) test.  

Ten local subgrantees will design and implement their own unique service-learning projects (at least one project at their school/program) based on student research of their community needs. These projects will relate to one of the following areas: healthy lifestyles, multi-cultural awareness, fine arts training, homeland security, neighborhood improvement, tourism or hospitality. Evaluation will consist of written reports describing research data, planning techniques, objectives, implementation process, results and reflection.  

To obtain West Virginia Service-Learning funding, applicants MUST:  

organize school-community experiences to meet the above three West Virginia Learn & Serve objectives 1. Train two teachers to serve as SLTs and train at least 50 students to serve as SLYAs; 2. Ensure that at least three students will gain an understanding of WVs Hi-Y Youth in Government, Student Legislature, Student Supreme Court of Appeals, and the Hi-Y Student Model United Natrions Assembly; 3. Design and implement at least one unique service-learning project;  

cooperate with the Learn & Serve Training Specialists who will tailor visits to your site to promote an increase in the quality, quantity and participation of your service-learning personnel and projects;  

send at least three middle school and/or high school students to a week-long, residential, 2006 summer camp experience at Camp Horseshoe to improve their service-learning activities leadership skills; and  

send at least one project advisor (adult) and one student to a three-day (two night) training workshop in October of 2005 at Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County, West Virginia.  

The WVDE will conduct a competitive review process in April 2005 and will announce the grant recipients in May 2005, with funding expected to begin in September of 2005. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1, 2005 at 3 p.m. Applicants should include the original application plus six copies.  

Click here to download an application for the Learn & Serve Grants http://wvde.state.wv.us/tt/2004/2005lsapplication.doc  

Applications should be mailed or delivered to:  

Sallie A. Harrington, Ed.S Assistant Director Office of Planning, Evaluation, Special Programs & Support Services West Virginia Department of Education Building 6, Room 230 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, WV 25305 (304) 558-7881 Office (304) 558-3946 FAX E-mail to: sharring@access.k12.wv.us pgivens@access.k12.wv.us

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