Director, Public Information

Vol. 44, No. 34

April 26, 2010


Missouri Service Day Marks Student Contributions

Students from eight school districts across the state will be honored Wednesday (April 28) for their significant achievements in school-based community service programs this year.  The “Inspire by Example Student Service-Learning Awards” will be presented on the south lawn of the Capitol by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Learn and Serve Missouri, and the Missouri Service-Learning Advisory Council. Sen. Eric Schmitt will give opening remarks at noon.

The awards ceremony is part of the 14th annual Missouri Service Day that will be attended by nearly 400 students and teachers in grades K-12. The observance celebrates service performed in local communities and raises awareness among lawmakers and the public of Missouri’s Learn and Serve America and Service-Learning programs.  Students also will tour the state capitol, meet with their legislators, tour the Missouri Governor’s Mansion, Supreme Court building and other historical areas.

This year’s Inspire by Example Student Service-Learning Award recipients are:

  • Matt Riva, Fox School District, Arnold

  • Fox High School Student Council, Fox School District, Arnold

  • Aftershock Class, Fox School District, Arnold

  • Venus Paytocan, Hazelwood School District, Florissant

  • Abenda Adutwum, Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City

  • Morgan Zuhler, Parkway School District, Chesterfield

  • Whittier Alternative High School Service-Learning, Sedalia School District

  • Trade-A-Book Service-Learning Project, Sedalia School District

  • Bailey Reading Pals, Springfield School District

  • S.T.A.R. Project, Union Star R-II School District

  • Warrensburg 8th Grade Peer Helpers, Conflict Mediators & Magic Me, Warrensburg School District

Service-learning allows students to get involved with their communities by integrating classroom learning with service projects, using what they learn in class to solve real-life problems.  Learn and Serve America provides direct and indirect support to K-12 schools, community groups and higher education institutions to facilitate service-learning projects. Missouri students have participated in Learn and Serve America programs since its inception in 1992.

“Service-learning can be applied across all subjects and grade levels and can involve a single student or group of students, a classroom or an entire school,” says Erika Brandl, supervisor of the Missouri Service-Learning office within the department of education.  “Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas like education, public safety, and the environment.”



For more information, contact: Erika Brandl, supervisor, Missouri Service-Learning, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 573-526-5395.