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Grant County workshop to focus on service learning

For immediate release…
Monday – Jan. 26, 2015

Northern Kentucky’s Grant County Center will host a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 27, to help educators and community partners understand how P-12 teachers and university faculty can connect to service learning classes.

“NKU has seen the benefits of service learning in hundreds of classes and, at the P-12 level, many school districts in our region have seen those benefits, too,” said Correy Eimer, associate director of the  Grant County Center.

“What we want to do with this discussion is to introduce new partners to the power of service learning.”

In a service learning class, students partner with nonprofits and other community agencies for project-based, civic learning. At NKU, for example, web design classes have designed home pages for nonprofits, photography classes have produced photo portfolios, and history classes have designed museum exhibits. About 120 classes each year at NKU take a service learning approach to instruction.

Tuesday’s discussion will include a presentation on service learning basics as well as a case study by NKU Communication Professor Lapin, who has incorporated service learning into his public speaking classes for a decade. Time will be left for Q&A as well.

Presenting the  overview of service learning will be Mary Kay Connolly, director of Service Learning at Children, Inc., and Gayle Hilleke, the executive director of the Kentucky Campus Compact. Children, Inc., based in Covington, supports service learning at elementary and secondary schools in many Northern Kentucky school districts. The Campus Compact is a statewide consortium of universities and colleges committed to service learning and other forms of community engagement.

“NKU has a broad commitment to community engagement both at the institutional and classroom level,” said Mark Neikirk, executive director of NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, which supports programming connected to that commitment. “Tuesday’s workshop is intended to share that commitment with the Grant County community, and see what opportunities for new partnerships might arise.”

Educators, including teachers and administrators, are encouraged to attend, as are potential service learning partners, such as administrators and staff from community nonprofits and agencies. The workshop is from 5 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m., at the Grant County Center, 390 N. Main Street, Williamstown, Ky. 41097.

Food will be provided during the workshop. RSVP requested to Correy Eimer at (859) 824-3630 or


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