A Day With(out) Art

District: Lowell Area Schools Building: Lowell High School
Teacher(s): Nicole Bosco
Main Contact: Nicole Bosco Email: nbosco@lowellschools.com
Grade Level: 10 – 12 Subject(s): Art
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

The Lowell High School Art Department is sponsoring our first Day With(out) Art on December 1st (World AIDS Day).


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?

Our goal is to make people aware of the impact of HIV/AIDS from a global view down to a local level.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will use art to educate others about the impact of this disease as well as use art to support local agencies that help families affected by AIDS and other hardships.


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?

Students will use basic art concepts in the following areas:
• Creation of posters with AIDS worldwide and local statistics to display in school
• Creation of Christmas ornaments to be sold to raise money for St. Mary’s Special Immunology Dept.
• Create sculptures out of canned and boxed food donations to be displayed in cafeterias on Dec. 1

What are the educational goals?

To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action


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Strand: HS WHG: (History)
TLW: Explain the causes and consequences of global changes in population and national resources.  (Gist: Contemporary World – Population and Resources)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

Strand: 10 ELA: Writing, Speaking, and Expressing)
TLW: Research a national or global issue to determine historical, political, and/or cultural context and evaluate according to a personal standard for ethics, truthfulness, and/or responsibility.  (Gist: National – Global Issues)


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?

Primarily class discussions throughout the project. It was especially poignant after watching the Ryan White Story. The students are too young to remember Ryan White so the story was very informative and very touching to them.

Another “aha” moment was the discussion when students shared the statistics they had found with regard to AIDS around the world. We don’t hear much about it in our culture anymore, and to learn how pervasive the disease still has in Africa and other parts of the world came as quite a shock to many of the students.


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)

Students learned that AIDS can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, or age.


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 be able to use their individual talents to create art elements for the various projects; ornaments, posters, etc.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

• Lowell Rotary – provided grant dollars to help with this project
• St. Mary’s Special Immunology Department – assisted with education of the disease and was also the recipient of funds raised and blankets that were created.
• Flat River Outreach Ministries – will be the recipient of the food donated and used for the sculptures.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

The students will benefit by learning about HIV/AIDS from a global perspective as well as how it affects people locally. The will learn facts versus fiction. And learn about prevention measures as well.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The Rotary benefits by meeting their goals to assist in education as well as to support the awareness of global issues.
• St. Mary’s Hospital benefits by having a more educated public and benefitting from the funds raised by the students for patients in need.
• At a time when the food pantry at Flat River Outreach Ministries is traditionally low, we will be able to restock the shelves with canned and boxed food items.



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 be graded on their implementation of basic art concepts in the various activities.

How will you assess your service goals?

Students will talk to others to see if their awareness of specific issues has increased.
• Also we will have a competition between classes to see which class donates the most food items for the food drive. The winning class will receive a pizza party. This food will be used for the food sculptures and then donated to the local Food Pantry.
• We will also follow-up with St. Mary’s to find out what type of response was received from our efforts by those affected with AIDS.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Students will watch the ABC Nightline interview with Ryan White.

o Ryan White became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after being expelled from school because of his infection. A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in 1984, was given six months to live. Though doctors said he posed no risk to other students, when Ryan tried to return to school, many parents and teachers rallied against his attendance. In a rare interview, Ryan and his mother describe what it’s like to live with HIV while dealing with the trials of growing up. It’s a remarkable profile of patience, courage and determination. This program also includes a report from April 5, 1990 that has Ryan answering questions from school children.

Students will then look at the effect of HIV/AIDS globally, nationally, and locally.

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

Activities will include:
• Canned-food drive competition. Items collected will be used to create sculptures by art students and later donated to the Food Pantry at Flat River Outreach Ministries.
• Posters and videos will be created to inform students about HIV/AIDs statistics, transmission facts, myths, and prevention.
• Fleece blankets and cards will be made for families affected by AIDS.
• Art students will make paper mache ornaments to sell at the Rogue River Artisans Holiday Show at LHS on December 5th. Proceeds will benefit a local organization that helps families dealing with AIDS.