Belk Service Learning Challenge Announced

Belk (opens in new tab), Discovery Education and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced today the launch of the Belk Service Learning Challenge. The program encourages middle school students to facilitate positive changes in their communities by applying critical thinking, problem-solving and creativity skills to a service-learning project of their choice.

The Belk Service Learning Challenge invites students in grades 6-8 who reside in one of the 16 states where Belk has a presence – including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia – to work in teams of up to four students with the guidance of a teacher/mentor to identify an issue in their local community and design an action plan to implement a solution.

To enter the Challenge, teams will submit a 1-2 minute video describing the community issue, a summary of the team’s research, and an action plan to implement a solution and scale the project to a broader audience. The deadline to submit video entries is February 27, 2015. Three teams with the highest scores will win a grand prize of up to $10,000.

For more information on the Belk Service Learning Challenge or to view the free classroom resources, visit