A Partnership for Advancing Character Education through Service-Learning

"Through service-learning, students have unique opportunities to learn the value of teamwork and build critical thinking skills while completing service projects in areas such as education, public safety and the environment."
-U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings

Project Description
PACES is funded by the New Jersey Learn and Serve America Program, managed through the New Jersey Department of State, in consultation with the New Jersey Department of Education and the Center for Social and Character Development at Rutgers University. In short, the program seeks to significantly expand and strengthen the infrastructure of service-learning in New Jersey. In 2007, six cohorts, each consisting of three schools with different demographics, serve as partners who develop quality service-learning programs through year-long collaboration. A lead school with a distinguished record of achievement in PACES service-learning will guide the other two schools in a professional learning community that shapes innovative and effective programs.

Goals and Objectives
The threefold goal of the PACES Project in the 2007-2008 school year is
  • to increase evidence of student engagement through quality reflection related to character development;
  • to expand service-learning by involving more students, teachers, and curricular connections and;
  • to have greater involvement of community organizations as partners or recipients.
Participating Schools - Year 3
Egg Harbor Twp. High School; Egg Harbor Twp, NJ (Lead School)
Marlboro High School; Marlboro, NJ (Partner School)
PleasanTech Academy; Pleasantville, NJ (Partner School)

Lake Riviera Middle School; Brick, NJ (Lead School)
Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School; Little Egg Harbor, NJ (Partner School)
Long Branch High School; Long Branch, NJ (Partner School)

Lindenwold High School; Lindenwold, NJ (Lead School)
Gloucester County Vo-Tech School; Sewell, NJ (Partner School)
Woodstown High School; Woodstown, NJ (Partner School)

Linwood Middle School; North Brunswik, NJ (Lead School)
Hubbard Middle School; Plainfield, NJ (Partner School)
Maxson Middle School; Plainfield, NJ (Partner School)

Montgomery Upper Middle School; Skillman, NJ (Lead School)
Alexander Hamilton Academy; Paterson, NJ (Partner School)
John F. Kennedy High School; Paterson, NJ (Partner School)

Passaic County Technical Institute; Wayne, NJ (Lead School)
Abraham Clark High School; Roselle, NJ (Partner School)
Teaneck High School; Teaneck, NJ (Partner School)


PACES Interns
This year, we are pleased to announce that the PACES project will have several interns assisting school teams develop, carry out, and publicize their service-learning efforts. They will undoubtedly, enhance the project this year.


Pictured L to R: Phil Brown, Director CSCD; Chris Clements, PACES Intern; Emily Esola, PACES Intern; Chelsea Craigie, PACES Intern; Eileen Dachnowicz, PACES Project Coordinator; Jennifer Zaleski, PACES Intern; Christine Esposito, PACES Intern; Robert Dutches