ADA — Ada City Schools was recently awarded a $3,500 Learn and Serve America grant.

Learn and Serve America is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that provides competitive grants to schools to incorporate service-learning, a teaching strategy that improves communities while making academic learning more meaningful and preparing young people for a lifetime as responsible citizens.

Ada High School instructor Krystal Joplin is the service-learning coordinator for Ada City Schools.

Between 1996 and 2004, the Oklahoma State Department of Education has received a total of $2,585,753 from the Corporation that has been awarded to approximately 450 Oklahoma public school districts and community organizations for service-learning programs, involving a total of 97,554 participants in 952,806 hours of service to their communities in the areas of Education, Health, Public Safety, Environment, and Human needs.

Oklahoma Learn and Serve America also manages a cadre of mericorps VISTA members who are placed in schools to serve as service-learning coordinators.

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