Teacher(s): Nancy Stefano, Kendra VanElst, and Laurie Post

Main Contact: Nancy Stefano       Email: nkstefano@gmail.com

Date: 11/8/11 Building: Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center Grade Level: First Grade

First Trimester: ___X_____ Second Trimester: __X______ Third Trimester: __________


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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

To tie into our Social Studies standard of Producers and Consumers, the students are going to produce a variety of crafts, books, pictures, plants and gift items. We will invite the community and school to purchase our "goods" at our two-day sale. The proceeds will go to the Mel Trotter Mission homeless children division. Students will go on a service learning field trip to meet the children at the Mission bringing them some of the things we made and our monetary donation to go towards clothing, school supplies and other needs.

Students have already begun to start the project. We have discussed and decided on a partnership with Mel Trotter Mission. Students have collaborated and come up with a variety of items they can make or produce to sell to others. We have talked about who our target audience will be. We plan to hold the sale at the end of January of 2011. Godfrey Lee First Graders will donate their services to help with Mission needs such as cleaning and food distribution. Upon completion we will take a field trip to the Mel Trotter Mission homeless shelter to present our check, visit the shelter, and complete any other tasks they have for the students, such as folding napkins, etc. The project should be completed by February with documentation through a power point presentation of the work and process. Students will also make the flyers, posters and media clips to document our service project from start to finish. It is our intent to continue our project every year.


Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center is one of the most economically disadvantaged school districts in Kent County. Several families have been homeless due to the weakened economy in Michigan. The majority of students are eligible for "free lunch" and also receives food to take home from the Kids Food Basket. It is important for students receiving generosity from others to give back to the community.

Speaking with members of Mel Trotter Mission, they expressed the great needs the Agency faces this year. In particular, they related the needs of the homeless children they currently have residing with them. They have group tours and duties where school children can participate and donate their services. In speaking with the three first grade classes, students decided they would like to donate their earning to children without permanent homes.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Students will be giving of their skills, time, and earnings as well as achieving success in a variety of curriculum standards. As a result of our sales we will be donating money, hand made gifts and services in the dining room to the Mel Trotter Mission.


Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

The project "Closer to Home", includes students working on a variety of content standards.

• LA: Writing, public speaking, creating books, posters and developing media dialog.

• SS: Producer and consumers, diversity of families.

• Math: Money, addition and subtraction.

• Technology: Media movies depicting student efforts and results.

What are the educational goals?

The educational goal is to combine several first grade standards into a project and service based activity. The individual specific goals are listed under curriculum crafter connections. Project based learning allows students to gain knowledge through a variety of learning styles.

Curriculum Crafter Connections www.curriculumcrafter.com

Strand: 01SS: (Economics)

TLW: TLW identify and describe ways people earn and spend money.

Strand: 01SS: (Economics)

TLW: Describe and explain how individuals and families identify needs and wants and how they are provided in both the neighborhood and global marketplace.

Strand: 01SS: (Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement)

TLW: TLW identify a problem, analyze information to solve it, and present the solution to inform others

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

Strand: 01Math: (Measurement)

TLW: TLW identify the different denominations of coins and bills, tell the total value of combinations of coins up to $1 and the total value of combinations of bills up to $100, represent equivalency of coins and bills, and solve simple word problems involving money.

Strand: 01ELA: (Writing)

TLW: TLW write a complete sentence for a purpose and an intended audience.

Strand: 01ELA: (Speaking)

TLW: TLW speak in a clear, concise, and sequential manner on a selected topic.


Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one's relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

Reflection in the first grade classroom includes both discussion and an illustrated written paper so students can identify what they have learned and accomplished in the project based service learning. Initially, will have students form groups and share what they liked best and what they felt they learned from the project. After the class completes their papers, students will share with the class the results. The teacher will lead in a discussion of what went well and what things do we need to change for next year.


Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?  (i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

We already have had discussions on homeless families, which led to a discussion of current family situations. Students will break up into groups to discuss but not limited to the following areas:

• How do families and children become homeless? What types of people or children become homeless?

• What types of problems might occur when you are homeless as you go to school, try to read or complete homework?

• How do you think families and children feel when they are homeless? What can children do about homelessness?


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students will decide on what the project will entail. They will decide what goods to produce and who the targeted consumer will be. Discussion will be student led with only necessary or needed guidance and direction from the teacher. Students have looked at a variety of service learning groups and decided on the Mel Trotter Mission homeless children area. Consumer goods will be made by the students and they will decide on prices based on labor production and cost.

Posters describing the event will be made and posted in the school hallways. Students form groups that are responsible for designing and creating a poster. They will also let them know about the "Producer and Consumer" Sale and they types of items the students produced.

Students will visit other rooms in the school to talk about the homeless children situation and what we can do to help them.



Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

The project will include three first grade classrooms. Mel Trotter Mission homeless children's shelter will be the collaborative partnership for the project.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

Students will benefit from the Mel Trotter Mission partnership by having a better understanding of economics and the plight of homeless children. After the sale, students will visit the homeless shelter to get a visual of where children stay and a better understanding of what the service project's goal is all about. Students will learn the lesson of giving to others and begin a lifetime lesson of giving to the community.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Mel Trotter Mission will benefit from the partnership "Closer to Home", from possible life time volunteers to the Mission. In addition, money from our sales will be donated to the homeless children, which is definitely a great need.



Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

1. Student involvement in the project

• Identify a problem, and analyze information to solve it

• Present the solution to inform others

• Develop and build inquire skills

2. Group posters

3. Classroom discussion

4. Written and illustrated papers on reflection of the project.

How will you assess your service goals?

1. Students gaining a better understanding of the need to help others.

2. Students being more tolerant and gaining a better relationship in the school

3. Monetary donation to Mel Trotter Mission Homeless Children's Shelter.

4. Field trip to Mel Trotter Homeless Children's Shelter



Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

The classroom will research needs in the community and service learning groups in the area that we can collaborate with together. We will cover the timeframe we have to work with the project and the necessary pieces to achieve our goals.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

1. Students research additional service agencies for possible collaboration.

2. Students assess what were good sellers and what items sold poorly.

3. Counting total funds for donation.

4. Follow up presentations of the service project to other classrooms.



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability?

Environmental Stewardship

The project contributes to the quality of life for children in need and strengthens the relations with everyone involved.

Economic Growth

It is our plan to use 25% - 30% percentage of our final sales to purchasing materials for the following year. In addition, we can start thinking about the service project earlier and make a target date for a Christmas donation to the homeless children. Future project sales do provide a means to financially continue the project year after year.

Social Progress

The projects social progress and development is based on respect for the dignity and value of others and will promote human rights and quality of life for all human beings. The opportunity and ability to give back to others is a major theme in our project.