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The University of Iowa
Spring 2011


Designing a life

Rebecca Whitaker

Hands-on learning

A letter from Parents Association president

Students make spring break service trip to Chicago

Meet Molly Golemo

Harnassing the wind

Reminders for parents

Food, games, dance, music, literature, storytelling, arts


Students make spring break service trip to Chicago

Volunteers working in the classroom.

One annual spring break option for University of Iowa students: service learning. These courses combine community service with an academic curriculum for a true hands-on learning experience.

The College of Education's one-credit-hour Spring Break Service Learning Course in Chicago Public Schools takes students to the Windy City to spend several days working with elementary school children. On this year's trip, UI students helped the Chicago youths with reading and writing projects, and taught them about life as a college student. Then, during the evenings, the UI students explored a variety of cultural activities, such as dining at ethnic restaurants.

One of the classrooms that students visited this year was that of Eleni Gajewski, a UI alumna teaching at McAuliffe Elementary School.

Students doing drama exercises with the class.

UI students helped teach in nontraditional ways, like through drama.

Group photo outside school.

Group portrait outside McAuliffe Elementary School in Chicago.

Students helping with art project

A UI student chats with a group of fourth-graders while helping them with an art project.

Students playing at recess.

UI students prove that you're never too old to enjoy recess as they join their new friends on the playground after lunch.

Student helps young reader.

A UI student helps a fourth-grader brush up on his reading skills during guided reading.


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