Service Learning


MLK Day of Service 2018

Saturday, January 13
8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Join the Laboratory Schools in partnership with the University Community Service Center and UChicago Charter School in a day of service to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Family members and students from Nursery to High School are invited to participate. In the past, we have had more than 300 volunteers join us for our annual MLK Day of Service!

Volunteers will contribute to age-appropriate service projects at more than 20 community partner organizations. Past projects have included health fair event prep, painting, office clean-up, organizing books, visiting with seniors, workshop facilitation, canvassing, and much more! There will also be an on-site meal packaging activity for volunteers looking to stay on campus.

Family members and students of all grades are invited to participate. Nursery through Middle School students are required to volunteer with a parent/guardian.

Questions? Please contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Roche.

Thank you for your interest. We have reached our volunteer capacity at this time. Please contact Service Learning Coordinator Hannah Roche to be added to the wait list.

Event Schedule

On-campus portions of the event will take place at Ida Noyes Hall at 1212 E. 59th St., across the street from Rockefeller Chapel (click here for a map).

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Check-In & Breakfast Snacks (Ida Noyes)

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Welcome (East/West Lounges, 3rd Floor Theater)

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Travel to Service Sites (Walk or School Bus)

9:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Introductions and Overview with Site Leader

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Service Projects at Community Organization Sites; On-Campus Meal Packaging Service Project at Lab School - Judd C116

12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. Off-Campus Service Teams Return to Campus

12:20 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Lunch (East/West Lounges, 3rd Floor Theater)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00pm. Keynote Dialogue (Max P Cinema)

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Service Learning Program is designed to foster community-minded, compassionate and civically engaged students through awareness, service and reflection.

The Service Learning Program is rooted in the “learning by doing” philosophy of John Dewey, which guides our students to explore complex social issues and enrich their classroom experience in real world settings. Through the Service Learning Program, students develop a deeper understanding of community and a life-long commitment to social change.

Lab's Service Learning Program uses the city of Chicago as its classroom. Working alongside our community partners, we expose our students to both the needs and assets of our neighborhoods, challenging them to think critically, problem solve and become active agents of change. The program provides students with a variety of experiences spanning from volunteerism to course-based service learning. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in various community engagement opportunities throughout the year.