Oakton Elementary has always been known for its dedication and involvement in making our community the best it can be. Service learning is a teaching method used to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact upon the community as active contributors to society.
This year, students at each grade level will research and identify a service project that meets a real need in our community. In addition, Oakton’s Character Education Group decided to continue the OES tradition of raising money and purchasing winter coats for children in need. When the “Coats for Kids” campaign kicked off this year, something remarkable happened. Some students were so inspired and dedicated to positively impacting our community and making a difference for children in need that they spent time over the weekend working to raise money to donate. Ian W. (2nd grade) and his friends Tommy L (6th), Preston M. (4th), Wes Brown (6th) held a community Lemonade/Cookie sale. These boys raised almost $60 for “Coats for Kids.” We couldn’t be more proud of our students! -cg