CATAWISSA RR — For the past nine years, Southern Columbia Area incoming seniors have had the opportunity to take their senior social studies class in an online blended format in order to free up their schedules to take college classes.
The summative project of the course is to plan, implement and present a service learning project in their communities. During the summer, Johnny Kniseley, Cassie Sharrow, Zach Honabach, Jesse James, Kayla Hauer and Kari Cambria all successfully completed a the course.
Through this project, a generation of students have contributed hundreds of hours to their community through projects such as helping at animal shelters, firemen’s carnivals, churches and volunteer organizations.
Instructors Jerid Lindenmuth, Marc Longenhagen and Ian McCoog said they chose this project because it is more meaningful than taking a comprehensive final exam. The teachers tell their students at the final presentation that the goal of the course is to be a good citizen and the two easiest ways to do that are to vote and to value others in your community who need help.