BLAW 497 Service Component


  • Service Learning component of BLAW 497 by Professor David Parker. In cooperation with Skyline Literacy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting learning and literacy, each student was required to complete a volunteer training session and at least twenty (20) hours of community service. The students maintained a Community Service Hours Log and turned it in the last week of classes. They also completed a one-page reflection paper describing the work completed throughout the semester and observations made from both their personal and professional perspectives. The students completed over 500 Community Service Hours participating in this project. Students could volunteer as a tutor in a classroom or one-on-one setting in the ELL, basic literacy, citizenship, and GED programs. They could also volunteer in other ways including assisting with the office or with special projects, providing computer technical support, contributing to the quarterly newsletter, assisting in grant writing and/or research, administering language assessments to ELL learners, helping to maintain the Skyline Literacy web site, assisting as a computer monitor with learners in the computer lab, communicating with ELL learners by phone in Spanish, Kurdish, Russian, Vietnamese, French or Tigrinya, assisting with the annual auction or other events, distributing flyers, and assisting with the bookkeeping program. Students working with the SVMEP volunteered to tutor migrant children in their homes two times per week.



Involves Faculty, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU




Spring 2020


Ongoing (Currently in existence, year round)

Primary Focus of Program

Community and Economic development

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning



Academic Level of Engagement

Section, Course

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