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How Learn and Serve Tampa impacts local kids

See how this local organization facilitates service-learning activities for K-12 students around the Bay area.

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Steinbrenner Black Student Union team at Preserve to Park

Students from Steinbrenner High School’s Black Student Union picked up trash at McKay Bay Nature Park.

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Hey, TBAY: We’re excited to introduce you to Learn and Serve Tampa — the grand prize winner of the second Publix Giveback Giveaway. Get to know this local nonprofit and learn about the important work they do for the community.


Since 2020, local nonprofit Learn and Serve Tampa has engaged Bay area students in grades K-12 with activities designed to do two things: give back + teach.

That’s the idea behind service-learning — as students complete meaningful community service, they simultaneously learn academic content. Here’s what that means for local students and how you can get involved:

🙋 Students in-action

From in-school presentations to wide-spread community outreach, some of the many service-learning projects that have instilled in students civic responsibility, compassion, teamwork + more include:

  • Students of all ages collected 7,000+ lbs of trash, hurricane debris, and invasive vegetation from McKay Bay Nature Park while learning about the impact of invasive species on the native ecosystem.
  • Middle schoolers installed raised garden beds to provide their school with fresh herbs, veggies, and fruits to be used in a culinary arts program.
  • High schoolers presented a safe driving campaign to 500 of their peers.
  • Elementary school students taught fourth and fifth graders about the importance of mental health + provided management strategies.

Bonus: Learn and Serve Tampa is also working to enhance after-school volunteer programs.

Cimino Elementary National Honor Society students present mental health awareness

Students in Cimino Elementary’s National Honor Society presented on mental health awareness.

Photo provided by Learn and Serve Tampa

🏫 Bring Learn and Serve to your school

Ready to bring service-learning to your school? Educators, students, or parents can submit an inquiry at any time. Then, Learn and Serve Tampa will:

  • Connect with the school about academic standards + conduct training
  • Help students and teachers plan and implement the service project
  • Provide or connect funding and other services needed for the activities
  • Guide reflection, results documentation, and demonstration opportunities

Help students find purpose in learning

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