LEWISTON – Three Bates students and two Auburn Middle School teachers recently presented at the fourth International Conference on Civic Education in Orlando, Fla. Their workshop, “Students Empowering Students: A Middle School and College Collaborative,” presented best practices implementing service-learning activities in a middle school classroom. They discussed the trifold benefit of the community-public school-college relationship.

The workshop illustrated the community partnership between Bates College and Auburn Middle School. The college students’ work developed as a project for Associate Professor of Education Stacy Smith’s Education/Sociology 380 class titled “Education, Reform, and Politics.”

The participants secured funding for the trip from the Bates Student Research Fund, the Arthur Crafts Service Award Fund, the Harward Center for Community Partnerships, Howard Hughes Math and Science Education Fund and the Auburn School Department.

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