Service Learning

MLK Day of Service

Saturday, January 19, 2019

8:30 am–1:00 pm

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Registration Deadline:  Friday, January 11
Join us for our annual MLK Day of Service! The Laboratory Schools is partnering 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.
Volunteers will contribute to age-appropriate service projects at more than 15 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-campus service project to package nutritious, shippable meals for communities experiencing hunger around the world with our partners Rise Against Hunger and the Kraft Heinz Foundation.
Family members and students of all grades are invited to participate. Nursery through Middle School students are required to volunteer with a parent/guardian.
Contact any of the following event organizers with questions:
Chimare Eaglin, UCLS/UCCS Partnerships Coordinator
Hannah Roche, Service Learning Coordinator
Thomas Toney, Service Learning Coordinator

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.               Volunteer Check-In (Ida Noyes Hall)

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.                Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.                 Travel to Service Sites 

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

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.             Service Projects at Community Organizations

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.              Return to Campus 

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.                Luncheon in Cloister Club, Reflection Conversation

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.


Hannah Roche
Service Learning Coordinator,

Thomas Toney
Service Learning Coordinator,
MS, LS, PS, & NK