Service Learning

two students speaking with a resident at a senior home
Overhead shot of student Food Bank volunteers filling boxes
two students preparing ramen packets at Gorton Community Center
North Elementary volunteers -  LFA student group photo
LFA student reading a paper with North Elementary student
LFA student volunteers at Bernie's book bank
LFA student helping two North Elementary students with classwork
LFA student playing soccer with a group of North Elementary students

Service at LFA

Our service-learning program at LFA challenges students to reflect on who they are and their role in the greater community, whether that be LFA or their hometown. In the process of service-learning, they investigate the root of social issues and learn how to engage with community partners to best support causes they are passionate about. All students at LFA will be exposed to service-learning in their sophomore Health, Wellness, & Community class where they will learn and apply the IPARD framework to their required class service project. 

Investigation Planning Action Reflection Demonstration (IPARD) service learning diagram

In addition to the sophomore curriculum, each year every student participates in Service Learning Day where LFA goes out into the local community to lend their time and service as needed. Students who want to engage deeper with service can join Interact Club where they will have the opportunity to be involved in additional school-wide events and other evening or weekend service opportunities. This year LFA will also be offering a service focused Co-Curricular trip to Guatemala over spring break. Students will spend the week in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala partnering with the organization Friends of San Lucas. This will be a fantastic opportunity for service-learning development and cultural immersion.

Interact Club

Interact Club serves as the umbrella organization for the majority of extracurricular service opportunities at LFA. Through Interact, students develop their leadership skills and discover the power of service. Members help run yearly events such as Project Pumpkin and our Fall Food Drive as well as participate in after school tutoring programs through North Chicago Community Partners and the Nuestro Center. Members are also encouraged to propose their own Service Project ideas through local, national, and international organizations. Interact meetings meet twice a month in the Stuart Center.