lllinois schools named National Service-Learning Leaders

June 29, 2001

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Chicago – Unity Point Elementary School in Carbondale and Jones Academic Magnet High School in Chicago are among this year’s National Service-Learning Leader School designees.

The national honor, given by the Corporation for National Service, recognizes schools nationwide for excellence in service learning – a teaching method combining academics with community service. Sixty-four schools were picked this year.

“These two schools are wonderful examples and visible leaders of this important educational movement,” said State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee.

“We are proud of their accomplishments. I encourage all of our schools to use Unity Point and Jones as models for their own service learning programs,” McGee said.

Four other Illinois schools have also earned this prestigious designation: the Academy for Learning in Blue Island (1999); Harry D. Jacobs High School, Algonquin (1999); Resurrection High School, Chicago (2000); and Field Middle School, Northbrook (2000.)

Representatives of the honored schools attended an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., a congressional reception and educational workshops earlier this month.