Teacher(s): Charlene Walsh, Maggie Cherry, Bethany Brumels, Kara Jones, Mona O'Donnell

Main Contact: Char Walsh Email: charlenewalsh@comcast.net

Date: 10/8/12 Building: Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center Grade Level: 2nd Grade

First Semester: X      Second Semester: X

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Throughout the school year for 2012-2013, we plan to do a series of service-learning projects that will center on the learning objective of helping those in need. This involves working with three community partners; Degage' Ministries, United Church Outreach Ministries, Renucci House and Kids Food Basket. We will start the year with a partnership with Degage' Ministries where we will have volunteer patrons from Degage' come volunteer at Godfrey- Lee Early Childhood Center by reading to the students, hall monitoring, supervising recess hour, helping in the lunch room etc. In return for their volunteering the students will raise funds through a variety of fundraising events (to be determined still) to purchase meal vouchers from Degage and bus tickets from The Rapid. Also, we plan to try and receive in- kind donations of bus tickets through the Rapid by having the students write persuasive letters, public service or public announcement. Although, Degage has recently started a program for their patrons to simply volunteer without compensation in any +way but rather a letter of recommendation after they volunteer for at least twenty hours. Therefore, the patrons have that option of receiving Rapid bus passes, food vouchers or a letter of recommendations.

The next community partner that we plan to partner with is United Church Outreach Ministries. UCOM expressed a possible service-learning project could be by the students coming to UCOM and weighing and packaging rice and beans. At UCOM, they have mass amounts of rice and beans and they need to be portioned out. UCOM is in Godfrey- Lee Early Childhood Center's community and the students would like to take a fieldtrip to UCOM so that they can see how they help their local community by serving this local food pantry. At the same time they would be learning about measurement and units as well as learning to help those in need.

Lastly, our students will partner with Kids Food Basket by decorating bags that will be used for the sack suppers that Kids Food Basket Provides. Kids Food Basket has also asked for our students to assist her with a project because her target group is students from the Wyoming area.

In order to incorporate student voice in these opportunities, we have asked students how they would like to help. Ideas include having a Gym sale(garage sale), bake sale, collect money in cans at local businesses or a kids café.

 

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?

The community needs are hunger and homelessness and the needs of Degage, United Church Outreach Ministries and Kids Food Basket have all been determined through conversations between us and the volunteer coordinators of each organization. We had conversations United Church Outreach Ministries and Kids Food Basket at the Project-Based Learning conference on October 2nd and October 4th 2012 about these exact projects happening. For Degage, Charlene Walsh and an AmeriCorps Vista member Bridget Knight have already started this partnership and project. The volunteer exchange project with Degage was created at the Fischer training that The League Michigan provides and the projects with the other community partners are a continuation of this project.

What service will you provide to address the need?

For:

-Degage: Giving patrons dignity and volunteer hours that could help them get a letter of recommendation for a future job. Also, meal vouchers at Degage and bus tickets but fundraising funds.

-UCOM: Counting/measuring portions of rice and beans by weighing them, sorting them and packaging them.

-Kids Food Basket: Decorating bags for meals that KFB will serve kids in need of a meal to take home.

 

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?

P3.1.1 Identify public issues,

P4.2.2 Participates in projects to help or inform others,

P.PM.02.15 Compare weight of objects,

P.PM.02.41 Recognize that some objects are made up of more than one substance.,

N.NE.02.05 Recognize and name commonly used fractions,

M.UN.02.06 Use concept of time as the duration of time.,

M.PS.02.08 add and subtract money in mixed units.,

SL.2.4 Tell a story or retell a story with appropriate details and relevant ideas.,

SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners.,

W2.2 Write informative or explanatory text in order to introduce a topic and

W.2.6 With help from adults use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.

This project will link to the following subjects that were already planned to be a part of our curriculum. The links are the following: community needs, community resources, measuring, and persuasive writing.

What are the educational goals?

The educational goals we hope to achieve are measurements and units, persuasive writing, and money counting.

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Strand: 02SS: (Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement)

TLW: identify a problem, analyze information to solve it, and present the solution to inform others. (Gist: Public Problems - Solutions)

Strand: 02Math: (Measurement)

TLW: Add and subtract money in mixed units and solve simple word problems involving money. (Gist: Money - Add and Subtract)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

P3.1.1 Identify public issues, P4.2.2 Participates in projects to help or inform others, P.PM.02.15 Compare weight of objects, P.PM.02.41 Recognize that some objects are made up of more than one substance., N.NE.02.05 Recognize and name commonly used fractions, M.UN.02.06 Use concept of time as the duration of time., M.PS.02.08 add and subtract money in mixed units., SL.2.4 Tell a story or retell a story with appropriate details and relevant ideas., SL.2.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners.,W2.2 Write informative or explanatory text in order to introduce a topic and W.2.6 With help from adults use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.

 

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 revlection will you use with the students to help tem identify what they have learned and accomplished? 

Students will use various photographs to express how they feel about the project.

Students could choose to take photographs of the various stages of the project to document what has been achieved.

Students will write a reflection about what happened during the progress and/or how they felt during the various stages of the project.

Students could create a song to describe the project or the community issue.

Students could create a skit to explain their project or the community issue.

 

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)

The diverse perspectives that will be explored as a part of this project will fall into the categories of socio-economic and family dynamics. At Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center, our students come from a variety of different socio-economic and family situations and by giving back to others when they give to Degage, UCOM and KFB serving in their own community they will be given the diverse perspective of being able to change your environment for the better no matter your socio-economic situation or family dynamic.

 

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?

The students will gain ownership when they brainstorm ways to fundraise for meal vouchers or bus tickets, also they will gain ownership when they create portions of rice and beans at the food pantry.

 

Effective Practice: RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIPS

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

Who will you partner with for this project?

Degage, United Church Outreach Ministries, Kids Food Basket, The Rapid

How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will see a variety of ways that they can help those in need from their community and beyond.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partners will benefit from this collaboration by giving Degage' patrons' dignity and the ability to get a reference letter, bus ticket or meal voucher. It will give United Church Outreach Ministries the volunteer support they need to get equal amounts of rice and beans to homes in need. It will benefit Kids Food Basket by having bags that will bring joy to their recipients who have an unfortunate home that is unable to provide a meal for dinner.

 

Effective Practice: PROGRESS MONITORING

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?

Students will write a reflection about what happened during the progress and/or how they felt during the various stages of the project.

How will you assess your service goals?

Students will complete the task of correctly measuring with a scale and/or measuring cup.

Students will complete the student-chosen fundraising task.

 

Effective Practice: DURATION AND INTENSITY

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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

They will have the volunteer coordinator from Degage come speak to their classes about what Degage does and how their help will help those who use Degage's services. They will then take a field trip to United Church Outreach Ministries and learn about pantries and how they help those in need. Then we will have the program coordinator from Kids Food Basket come speak to their classes about what they do and have them decorate bags.

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

Do fundraisers at their school for bus tickets and meal vouchers such as bake sales, bottle/can drives, send recycled candy wrappers to terra cycle, and collect change in school or local businesses. Or they can write persuasive letters to get in kind donations. They will be measuring and weighing rice and beans, and they will be decorating bags for Kids Food Basket.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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?

By supporting patrons from Degage with volunteer hours, bus tickets, or meal vouchers, they students will be sustaining their journey towards economic growth. They will be sustaining the pantry by getting the adequate portion of beans and rice to the people who use the pantry. And they will be sustaining Kids Food Basket by progressing the need for sack supper bags to be decorated.