A service-learning program is more than putting in the hours for a volunteer project in order to graduate. Service-learning means students explore the root causes and devise possible solutions for subjects such as poverty, pollution, conflict, etc., difficult subjects with long-term needs.
At The Winchendon School, our service-learning program provides leadership opportunities. These “Service Learning Leaders” are seniors and juniors and some sophomores with a deep interest in service. Their interest is supported by classwork in leadership and learning. This year, the service-learning leaders either worked together and led our DEIJ Week or collaborated with HEAL Winchendon and the local Youth ChangeMakers organization to produce the 2022 Taste of Winchendon townwide festival.
From estimating costs to applying for grants, to creating a budget, to soliciting volunteers, each service-learning leader worked to create a festival where all are welcomed. The students had several goals which included being sure all residents could attend and enjoy food and activities regardless of socioeconomic status and the students wanted to be sure the local vendors all received compensation for their goods and services.
A Taste of Winchendon was born from The Winchendon School’s A Taste of Nations event usually held during DEIJ week. At A Taste of Nations, students were able to prepare authentic cultural food favorites and share them with their friends, classmates, teachers, and mentors. In that spirit, Taste of Winchendon will feature food from Greece, Egypt, and more.
Located on the lawn at the Beals Memorial Library, Taste of Winchendon is free and open to all. Local artisans will be there along with activities, face painting, games, a language exchange, and salsa dancing lessons.