Lewis and Clark High School

2013BelongthruMSILewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Washington, offers a course called Practicum in Community Involvement (PICI) that engages students in developing their own year-long learning project. Students must incorporate certain elements into their project, including research, action and reflection, and identify a community mentor to guide them in their learning. Students’ responses to their experiences grow increasingly sophisticated and powerful, with students regularly exclaiming, “This is the only reason I made it through my senior year.” (Fletcher, 2005b)

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