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Connections: Service Learning in Local Schools

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How can we create tomorrow’s engaged citizens? 

A new survey conducted by ACT for Education sums up the amount of charity work and volunteerism done by local students, and the results are inspiring. Rochester-area students raised $545,000 for charity and volunteered more than 105,000 hours of service work in 2014-2015. The survey credits local schools for creating community service opportunities and linking it to what they call "service learning." The goal? To created lifelong civic engagement. Our guests:

  • Todd Butler, Ad Council president and CEO
  • Idonia Owens, principal of School Without Walls
  • Tomari Catledge, 11th grade student at School Without Walls
  • Gina DiPaola, 12th grade student at West Irondequoit High School
  • Larry Williams, 12th grade student at School Without Walls

ACT for Education Survey Data Report

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.