Service Learning is an integral part of each student's experience at Appleby College that fosters an appreciation of the needs of others as well as opportunities to think critically about the underlying social justice issues affecting communities. This provides students with the skills to take positive action for change as well as reflect on how their experiences have impacted both themselves and others. Service Learning encourages character and leadership skill development.”

Bonnie Woolfenden
Director, Service Learning
Teacher, Science




Service Learning Co-Curriculars

Fall


ARMAGH & Halton Housing

Athletic Therapy

Community Living

Daycare

Earthworks Environmental Service

First Mentors (Big Brothers/Big Sisters)

IMPACT

Kerr Street After School Program

Social Justice

Sunrise Seniors Residence

The Film Project

Voices For Change

Winter


ARMAGH & Halton Housing

Athletic Therapy

Community Living

Daycare

ECO Mentors

First Mentors (Big Brothers/Big Sisters)

Kerr Street After School Program

Social Justice

Sunrise Seniors Residence

The Film Project

The BIG Idea

Spring


ARMAGH & Halton Housing

Athletic Therapy

Community Living

Daycare

Earthworks Environmental Service

Kerr Street After School Program

Social Justice

IMPACT

Sunrise Seniors Residence

The Film Project

The BIG Idea

Voices For Change

For more detailed information on specific Service programmes, please click here to visit the Course Calendar.


The Importance of Service Learning

Service Learning

  • Educates students about the value of service in our society through experiential learning
  • Participation enhances student skills, confidence, communication abilities and commitment
  • 12 different service learning placements per term
  • All students grades 9-12 are expected to earn 25 service hours per year
  • M1 Students earn 10 hours per year; M2 students earn 12 per year
  • The Co-Curricular Passport provides flexibility to allow students to engage in community service and advocacy

Community Outreach Days

  • For one school day in the year, each grade band participates in a community outreach day

  • Partnerships with a wide variety of community agencies provide an opportunity for every student to work along side their peers in the same grade to learn about a local not-for-profit group and make a difference in the local community

  • Creates awareness of the needs in surrounding neighbourhoods, builds empathy for those in diverse and different circumstances, students feel empowered and proud of their positive impacts

  • Partner agencies include:  Kerr Street Mission; Oakwood PS; Community Living Oakville; Town of Oakville; Oakvillegreen; Food for Life; Food for Thought

Appleby College Walkathon

  • Brings the Appleby community together in a much beloved school tradition
  • Appleby's first school Walkathon occurred in 1969 and raised $2,800
  • Over the 47 years of the Appleby Walkathon, the school community has raised over $975,000
  • Funds raised go to various local, national and international charities (including the United Way)
  • Participation fosters an appreciation for the needs of others and of different socio-economic challenges affecting communities
  • Encourages leadership development and character building

A History of Service Learning

  • Community Service programme was introduced in 1974
  • Community Service programme raised $1,200 for the Canadian Cancer Society in 1978
  • Cayley awards given on Closing Day honouring Arts, Athletics and Activities in 1988; in 2000 the Cayley awards were expanded to include Service as a separate award category
  • Service Learning became a requirement of the co-curricular programme in 1998

Service Learning Facts

12

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service learning placements per term

14

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service co-curricular placements

12

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community advocacy clubs

30K+

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total service hours earned in 2017

40+

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Appleby College community partners

$160K

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raised for the United Way over the past 5 years


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