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Lakas Shimizu Service-Learning STAR Award Program

In 2013 our STAR Award, which focused on building awareness through community service, changed to a service-learning focus and was renamed in memory of Lakas Shimizu, his generous spirit and the important role that community service played in his life. Designed within the parameters of the Hillsborough City School District’s Essential Outcomes, this award continues to be an integral part of South Hillsborough Elementary School’s efforts to teach community awareness, outreach, and service.

The criteria for the STAR Award builds upon the strong foundation we have at our school for community service with an increased focus on Service-Learning. Participants (4th & 5th graders only) identify a community need they felt passionate about, learn about that need, and then engage in a hands-on, reflective learning experience by working with a local organization. To earn the LS STAR Award, students complete their service, reflect and then present to a panel of staff and community members.