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Bob Hood, founder of Common Grounds, left, and John Dermody, the Common Grounds service learning coordinator, have been working during the past school year to build the Service Learning Program into a success.

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Common Grounds Service Learning Program has successful first year

What is service learning? This was the exact question I was asking myself a year ago — well, a school year ago, when I decided to take on this role. Ultimately, service learning is a philosophy where students are encouraged to combine what they study in school with their own skills and interests, and apply it to community service activities. Moreover, the goal of service learning is for students to reflect on the issues and needs of the area, organization or population that they are serving, which in turn offers an opportunity for them to grow as a result of the work they do in our community.

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