HAYS, KS -- AmeriCorps is the new recipient of a Kansas Health Foundation Recognition Grant.
AmeriCorps ProjectSERV is planning to use the grant to lay a foundation for incorporating service-learning at Fort Hays State University, Hays High School and the community.
"Service-learning is a new buzz word in education today," said Debra Ring, ProjectSERV AmeriCorps director.
ProjectSERV will establish an Office for Collegiate and Community Volunteerism, Service and Learning for FHSU and the community. Service-learning seeks to transform students from passive learners of information to active learners and citizens whose responsible actions renew the landscape of their communities.
"Our primary focus is helping faculty and staff develop meaningful ways to integrate service-learning experiences with curriculum," said Brenda Craven, ProjectSERV assistant director.
An advisory committee comprised of representatives from the university, Hays High School and the community will explore alternatives for incorporating service-learning within the FHSU and Hays High School curricula. The development service-learning office features a collaborative relationship with the Community Service Program at Kansas State University.
"Our hopes are that the foundation we lay with this grant will solidify a future service-learning office that becomes a liaison between FHSU, other Regents' institutions and the community," said Ryan Carpenter, coordinator of the service-learning grant.