The Educators Consortium for Service Learning links educators and parents to deepen service learning practice. We are most appreciative of those special individuals who generously contribute their novel ideas, invaluable time and insightful contributions for the benefit of our participating members and choose to honor them annually with our “Spirit Award.” Very special thanks to Ann Nelson, former service learning coordinator at Polytechnic School, for hand-making the unique dolls, each inspired by our honorees.
Sarah was presented with the handmade doll, Yemma (meaning love), at our fall meeting. For all her contributions, ECSL chose to support Sierra Leone Rising, which she co-founded to improve education, bring clean drinking water, and provide sustainable opportunities for the people of Sierra Leone.
Congratulations to Sammy Lyon the 2014 ECSL Spirit Award Recipient
In appreciation for her contributions sharing new technologies and environmental education, Furaha (joy) was presented. In Sammy’s name, support was provided to Heifer International to help families feed themselves with seeds, chickens and sustainable farming training.
For all her contributions to ECSL and our members. This doll, named Kulia (nurture) honors Marissa who is a new mother herself. In her name, ECSL supported the efforts of a young mother, Phimea, who lived in Kenya and is developing a coal business, through KIVA, a global micro-lending organization.
Congratulations to Zahra Dowlatabadi, 2012 Recipient
The doll, named Gen (hope) honors Zahra for her contributions to ESCL and our members. In her name, ECSL supported Bead For Life, which works to eradicate poverty through women-led fair-trade sustainable businesses.