[ Service- Learning ] 4 Service-Learning projects have included “Chemistry for Kids” at Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell (left); Health care students and faculty in Peru (top, right); and working with Lowell National Historical Park (below, right). Celebrating 20 Years of Teaching Students and Serving the Community undreds of Middlesex students leave their classrooms each semester and go into the community to make a difference with ServiceLearning. By working with a wide variety of community organizations, in almost every service area and with all age groups, Service-Learning has enabled MCC students to teach science to children, connect artists to gallery owners, instruct immigrants in proper dental hygiene, and assist nursing-home residents. [ 14 ] H Besides helping others, ServiceLearning students earn course credit and become better citizens with a deeper understanding of community needs. That is the goal of the Service-Learning Program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. “People learn best by being active, and this is active learning at its finest – it’s a positive thing,” said Cynthia Lynch, Director of MCC’s Service-Learning Program for nearly nine years. Service-Learning was first introduced in 1992 in one course at Middlesex. Since then, the program has grown remarkably. Last fall, 500 students participated in Service-Learning activities at more than 100 community organizations. This semester, 19 projects underway involve entire classes. Over 20 years, more than 9,000 Middlesex Service-Learning students have worked more than 185,000 service hours. Three types of Service-Learning take place at MCC: individual placements; project-based Service-Learning, with whole classes working on projects; and a one-credit Service-Learning course with Profiles