District Students Join Together with Long Island Youth for Service Learning
A core group of Three Village Central School District students from grades 4-12 joined hundreds of peers from across Long Island to create lasting change in their communities during the first Lift Up Long Island event. The program, which brought together more than 250 students, local business owners, educators and community members, offered students the chance to develop real-world critical thinking skills as they brainstormed solutions to local needs.
On the heels of the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the program focused on the challenges each participating community faced in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane and several social issues that existed well before the storm rushed ashore. After hearing from keynote speaker Julie Foudy, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, the students met with the panel of experts in attendance to discuss ways to strengthen community resources, address a social concern and/or intensify Long Island’s ability to overcome future natural or man-made catastrophes.
This fall’s event was the first in a series of three service learning opportunities occurring over the next year aimed at facilitating student-driven social change efforts and instilling a culture of youth-led social impact across Long Island. Schools within the district will be focusing on the following topics as part of their participation in this ongoing event:
Arrowhead – Environment, Particularly the Carbon Footprint the School Has Created
Minnesauke – Leadership
W.S. Mount – Homelessness and Cyberbullying
Nassakeag – Healthy Living
Setauket – Anti-Bullying
P.J. Gelinas – Music Advocacy and Preservation
R.C. Murphy – Healthy Living and Emotional Support for Bullying Victims
Ward Melville – Better Integrating Special Education Students into the School’s Population