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    Service-learning
    differs from community service or volunteerism in two distinct ways:
     
     
     
     
    1.   The service activity is integrated with academic curriculum and content.
            
    2.   Students engage in structured reflection of their service experiences and apply their learning in real-life experiences.
     
    (adapted from"Service-Learning:  An Essential Component of Citizenship Education,"  NCSS Position Statement 2000)
     
     
     
     
    Service-Learning
    as described by the
    National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993:
     
     
        - Helps students learn and develop by participating in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of communities;
     
       - Is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education or community-service program with the community
     
     - Helps foster civic responsibility;
     
     -    Is integrated into and enhances students' academic curriculum or the education components of the community-service program in which the participants are enrolled;   and
     
    -  Provides structured time for students or other participants to reflect on the service.