As a Vermont Demonstration Site for Service Learning, Guilford Central School is dedicated to developing and promoting service learning strategies as a core part of the school experience.
Our work in this area forms an important part of our approach to social education. Service learning has had a significant and observable impact on our students. We are engaged at a school wide level in integrating service learning within our curriculum.
In order to promote the advancement of service learning as a teaching strategy with readily available tools and resources we have documented the work of teachers and students at Guilford. A concentrated effort is being made to understand and apply best practices for service learning.
The Guilford Gazette: A community newspaper for the town of Guilford, with three departments: business, production, and editorial.
Community History Partnership: In collaboration with the Guilford Historical Society, a program to study, digitize and write about historic images, and interview Guilfordites.
Farm to School Program: A collaboration between GCS and area farms, building awareness of agriculture and the benefits of local foods. In 2011, students competed in a local foods "Iron Chef" competition in Burlington. We also tap maples and make syrup every year.
PRIDE: Using curriculum from the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council, a program to build awareness of disability issues, and connect with community groups. For example, we take part in Austine School's Proudfoot Greenup Day every year.
Chorus: Each year the chorus sings for elders in our community, and at other events.