Academic Service Learning and Community Engagement

Gardner-Webb students invest in guiding underserved students in the local community through Cleveland County Schools.

Service Learning and Community Engagement: What's the Difference?

Service learning is an active learning practice that connects the classroom directly to the needs of the community. It elevates serving to a new level by connecting social action to student learning and curriculum.

Community engagement is an individual or group effort to work collaboratively with local partners and address issues that impact the well-being of the community. Our goal is to encourage students to move beyond a basic mindset of volunteerism and into a lifestyle of service.

We engage in community partnerships that create high impact learning practices to meet local and global needs. Service learning inspires students to ask the life question, “What will my IMPACT be?”

Local Education: GWU Making a Difference!

Gardner-Webb students invest in guiding underserved students in the local community through the Cleveland County School System. We are the largest volunteer organization involved in local schools. Our partnerships include various facets such as academic enrichment, community gardens, food ministries, lunch buddies, and teacher support.

This year, the IMPACT Center received recognition for their service with Graham Elementary, and received the Community Partners Award for their support of Boys and Girls Clubs.

Monday Matters

Wondering how you will get to your service project? Our Monday Matters initiative will help students in service learning classes get to various projects with our local partners. Vehicles will depart and return from Tucker Student Center every 2-3 hours throughout the day.

In the evenings, we will host eight Reflection Nights, to interact with one another about serving. Gather around the tables in Tucker with other members o the Gardner-Webb community to reflect on your service projects and talk honestly about the tough issues of society and culture.

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