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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

Why Does Service Matter?

The Caribbean, Dominican Republic
Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
Service Learning

Students will sum up what they have found about why and how other people serve their communities and why service matters.

  • Students will summarize and explain the results of interviews with community volunteers.
  • Students will describe the reasons people serve and why service matters.



  1. Students are expected to bring their completed interview guides (link above) to class. In small groups, have the students take turns reporting
    • Whom they interviewed.
    • How the person serves the community.
    • Why the person volunteers.
    • Good stories people told about their experiences serving or volunteering.
  2. In class discussion, ask students to respond to the following questions:
    • How have these individuals and organizations made a difference in our community?
    • What would it be like to live in a community where no one served or felt responsibility for contributing to the common good?
  3. Journal Entry. In a journal entry, have students respond to the following prompts:
    • What about me? What do I have to give?
    • Why does service matter?
    • How can members of our class serve our community and contribute to the common good?
  4. Have students share their journal entries with a partner, then in a class discussion. Make a list on the chalkboard of all the things students say they have to give—and the ways in which they feel they can serve.

Frameworks & Standards

 Essential Questions
  • How do people in our community work for the common good?
  • How can I contribute to the common good?
  • How can we, as a class, make a difference in our school or community?  
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