Service-learning is on the rise again in schools and communities. Never in the history of our nation, have more students been involved in activities designed to integrate service in the community with academic learning in order to meet the needs of both the students themselves and the communities they serve. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (Skinner & Chapman, 1999), 32% of all public schools and nearly ½ of all high schools organized SL as part of the academic curriculum, with 53% reporting mandatory participation. This reciprocal engagement between schools and their communities has occurred in both k-12 and higher education over the past 20 years. The resurgence of SL as a tool for educational reform began anew in the 1980s with colleges and universities leading the way. Soon thereafter, the movement moved to high schools. The 1990s have seen emphasis shift to younger and younger students in both elementary and middle schools.
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