DUBUQUE, IA. – Some students at an Iowa school cleaned yards of elderly and disabled people in their community and in exchange, gain physical education credits.
KWWL News 7 reported that the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa, chose to allow students to partake in the activity counting as P.E. All year long, students participate in many different activities to earn P.E. credits including fishing, nature walks, and even exploring new areas. All year long students are allowed to choose the activities that will be used toward physical education credits.
Several students found elderly or disabled people in their communities who could use a little help pulling weeds, mowing lawns, or one of many other outdoor tasks. The activity was a win-win for students and the members of their communities receiving the assistance.
“Every student that is involved in service learning has felt a sense of pride from helping those that need it,” school officials said. “They also experience a sense of accomplishment from completing a task from start to finish.”
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