Written by: Jaylon, Detroit Service-Learning Academy
Hello! My name is Jaylon, I am in the 7th grade and I go to Detroit Service-Learning Academy (DSLA). DSLA is special because the school has a lot of after-school activities like skating parties and dances. It is also special because the Junior Academy all participate in service-learning together.
Last year I did a service-learning project helping the 8th graders. The project helped 8th graders decide what high school they wanted to go to. We did a research presentation on each school, and we helped them to see the kinds of classes each school offered. We then surveyed the 8th graders to see what they thought about each of the schools. This service-learning project helped them plan their future.
Another special thing about DSLA is that we have SMART boards (interactive white boards) in all of our classrooms, and we use them for service-learning projects. For example, when we did the high school research project we were able to show each of the high school’s websites and navigate right on the board.
I really like service-learning because it teaches me a lot of things and it helps my community. It also helps classes work together where younger students get to work with older students, and vice versa. This allows us to get to know one another both inside and outside of our classroom.
About DSLA: DSLA is made up of three academies; Primary Academy grades K-2, Elementary Academy grades 3-5, and Junior Academy grades 6-8. DSLA practices a “full inclusion” teaching model, which encourages all teachers (both general and special education) to work together for the common good of all students. To learn more, visit their website: http://www.detroitservicelearning.org/.
About Jaylon: Jaylon is one of Learn and Serve – Michigan’s 23 Service Learning Youth Council (SLYC) members. He attended the retreat in early December, and can even be seen rapping in the video posted with last week’s post.