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Service in Schools Libguide: Home

Service in Schools Mission

Service in Schools strives to expand the number of NYC students engaged in transformative community service and service-learning experiences that enable them to use their voice, skills, and critical thinking to affect positive change in their communities and the world.

Check out educator resources for service-learning in a remote setting and at-home service project ideas for students below. Share any ideas or questions with ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov.

E-books for Service-Learning

 

Want to help students to understand a complex social issue, build concern and caring for others, or get excited to take action in their community? There is a book (or e-book) for that! 

Reading both fiction and non-fiction plays an important role in the service-learning process. A good book can serve as the entry point to learning about a serious topic in an age-appropriate way or provide an opportunity for students to gather information on their topic for service. Through stories, students gain perspective and get inspired to help! 

Depending on the topic and age/grade levels of your students, you may choose a combination of read aloud and independent reading materials to enhance a service-learning unit. Consider that even older students can enjoy and learn from picture books on service topics. Be sure to preview all texts before sharing with students and engage them in discussing and analyzing what they read. 

Below are links to pages with e-books on service topics that can be accessed through Sora with DOE accounts. See how to access the free e-books and digital learning resources from Sora, Gale in Context, and other databases available through NYC DOE Department of Library Services. If you have any questions or suggestions for service-themed e-books, email ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov

Resources for Families

Lesson Materials and Plans

Professional Learning Resources