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Dance at Rose Hill Senior living center  
Rose Hill House Senior Prom presented by Sophis Pressman's Human Growth & Development students.
Students giving service at Laumier Park
Students having fun while removing invasive honey suckle at Laumeier Park.
Nursing students teach cancer pprevention  
Meramec nursing students teach their peers about cancer prevention & awareness.
Students in New Orleans  
Meramec students in New Orleans - 2013
The Empty Bowls Luncheon  
Supporters of Hunger Awareness hold up their bowls at the Empty Bowls Luncheon.

Service Learning

Service learning connects students' work in the classroom with needs in the community, either through hands on class projects, interdisciplinary collaboration for campus-wide events or the extension of one student's course material to fulfill a community need.

service Learning - STLCC Definition

Service learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service learning programs engage students in experiential learning that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, civic responsibility, and commitment to the community. --ASL/CE Advisory Committee, Feb. 9, 2009.

Service learning LINKS

Meramec Calendar


- You can learn more about STLCC-Meramec student service experiences by reading their Service Learning Journals.

Community Partners Catalog - Each year over 1,500 STLCC students take part in some form of service learning, serving over 10,000 hours with 40 community partners (See STLCC Community Partners Catalog).

News and notes

Semester of Service Program
Students benefit by participating in the Meramec Semester of Service (SOS) program sponsored by Missouri Campus Compact. It is a great addition to the resume. Students provide service (through volunteering, service-learning, or a combination of service opportunities) to community organizations or government agencies over the course of a single semester, tracking their hours in the Semester of Service Passport. Students who have provided 45 hours or more of service in a single semester are eligible for the benefits.  Missouri Campus Compact writes 2 letters of recommendation for qualifying students and recognizes them on their web site.

Passports are available in the Service Learning office, BA219J, open MTWF, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Questions? Contact Debbie Corson, dcorson2@stlcc.edu or 314-984-7234.  During finals week, complet this form and email to Debbie Corson.  Semester of Service Certificate

Student Philanthropy Grant Program
Meramec Faculty and Students - If your class is doing Service Learning, consider applying for a Student Philanthropy Grant awarded by the Meramec Academic Service Learning/Civic Engagement Advisory Board. This grant is funded by a Missouri Campus Compact Grant and the STLCC Foundation to help students understand the needs of the agencies they work with and how to write a grant to fund those needs. Grants are awarded each year to service learning students to help their community partner organization. For more information contact Debbie Corson, dcorson2@stlcc.edu or 315-984-7234.

Meramec Service Learning Journal
The second bi-annual Service Learning Journal will be ready for viewing during fall 2013 Service Week. It is filled with events and accomplishments for the past two years represented through student essays and poetry writing, reflections on their service, PowerPoint presentations, numerous photos and videos. We hope you enjoy seeing how engaged our students are. The next journal will be published in 2015 and any music or image that is copyrighted must have permission to be used. Send all correspondence to pgarvey@stlcc.edu.

NOLA Service Trip
Join us for the 2014 Alternative Spring Break Service Trip to New Orleans!  Since 2009 students, staff and faculty from STLCC-Meramec have gone to New Orleans to give service. The idea for the NOLA trip was born after Hurricane Katrina cleanup continued to be a problem. Our friend and colleague, Melanie Deffendal, of Delgado Community College, who was herself devastated by the storm asked us to help and continues each year to tell her story of devastation and perseverance. For the past few years we have formed a special relationship with the International High School of New Orleans and each year we help renovate their building. Some of our non-native students also go into the foreign language classrooms to tell the high school students about their home countries. A community of new friends always forms as a result of this amazing experience. Thanks to Meramec Student Government Council for their support! 

Service Learning Is a Stepping Stone to Civic Engagement 
When students participate in a service learning project, they often observe major community-wide issues firsthand. While reflecting on their project, they are frequently encouraged to participate at the next level by becoming civically engaged. For example, they may:

  • Voice concerns to public officials via emails or letters.
    (See the civic engagement websites for information on contacting local, state, and national representatives)
  • Inform their family and friends about public issues and encourage them to take action
  • Remain attentive to public problems through the media
  • Realize the power of the ballot box.
    (See Project Vote Smart for information on ballots, candidates and elected officials)

The ultimate goal of service and civic engagement is for students to understand the importance of being lifelong, active citizens in their community.