Our school has recently changed community service hour requirements, from twenty service “hours” to six service “experiences.” Our Student Service Learning Director, Father Maltbie spoke about this new change.
According to Father Maltbie, the most important reason is that the time requirement of the service learning experience diminishes the true purpose of these activities. “I thought there was too much focus on completing the requirement, getting your number of hours in rather than finding meaningful service learning experiences. I really want to uphold and elevate the actual service experience ” said Father Maltbie. At first, Father Maltbie thought dividing service learning into six experience sections was a more efficient way to track community service.
However, this change may turn out to be a better way for students to manage schedules and focus on the experience that service-learning offers. He said, “There is an element that we have not really focused on, that is the learning aspect. In the past, the service aspect was the focus, so I hope this (change) will make the learning more substantial.”
Aside from talking about the change in service-learning, Father Maltbie also planned a Service Learning Fair on Friday, September 20th. Local organizations were invited to promote themselves and provide service learning opportunities to students. Organizations like Faribault Falcons After School Program, Faribault Parks and Recreation, Feed My Starving Children, Rice County Historical Society, Infants Remembered in Silence, and Faribault Community Easter Egg Hunt would provide students first-hand information about service learning opportunities.