Creative Kids Camp

Teacher(s): Donna Casmere Main Contact: Donna Casmere
Date: 9/27/12 Building: Kelloggsville High School Grade Level: 9-12

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

High School students at Kelloggsville will mentor, teach, and interact with elementary students through the arts each month or more.


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 were determined by high school students who realized they could be positive influences on the elementary students. The high school students learned of the minimal art time in the elementary schools and how creativity is at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy and felt they could help give the elementary students more experience in creativity.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will have monthly Creative Kids Camps and participate in other community activities to support the arts.


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?

This project is a direct link to our Michigan Visual Arts Standards.

What are the educational goals?

Our educational goals are to supply students with more art, cultural connections through art, aesthetic, process, product, and show that are lacking in our district.

This project has a primary tie to our curriculum. The Michigan Visual Arts Curriculum has the standards of the study of history, culture, artistic expression, encouraging self- esteem, and aesthetics, process, and product. The core class curriculums are also incorporated.

Curriculum Crafter Connections

Strand: 09-10 ELA: (Writing)
TLW: Participate in shared research to build and present knowledge. (Gist: Research to Build and Present Knowledge)

Strand: 09-10 ELA: (Writing)
TLW: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. (Gist: Range of Writing)

Strand: 11-12 ELA: Speaking and Listening
TLW: Add a visual or auditory presentation to help clarify the knowledge and ideas. (Gist: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks
List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

The 21st Century classroom student learning content focuses through the skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, and creativity and innovation.


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?

We will have students critique the projects each class. They may write about their work. They will show their work.


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 will learn about cultures from around the world. They will have mentors with abilities and disabilities mentoring them. Students today have little opportunity for hands on learning, kinesthetic practice which will be a focus in our program.


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?

They have planned this project to aid in their ambassadorship, conduct meeting, work through the art club, and have attained leadership roles such as president, vice, and secretary. They make decisions at the meetings as to what other community service we will participate.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

The Kelloggsville District is supportive of this program.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

We are partnering with our schools in the area and the community as a whole.

We will focus on developing the “whole” student, “affective” behavior and character building, build stronger peer relationships, and helps students apply classroom knowledge outside the classroom.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The partners will benefit from this collaboration by receiving enhanced art instruction, cultural connections, and mentoring from the high school students.



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?

Each week we have a critique and interaction time. Parents will be asked to do a survey on the program.

How will you assess your service goals?

Each week on Wednesdays and every month the students meet and will see review the previous classes.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

High school students will meet once a month and one ½ hour before each event to be prepared to help the students with their artwork.

Parents are also involved in helping at Creative Kids Camp.

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

Japanese tea cup Ceremony, where students will complete clay cups and share some tea, work on Mexican Day of the Dead masks, and other cultural and creative activities.



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?

The district, parents, and students have been very happy with this program and how it affects not only the elementary student but also how important the high school students feel mentoring them. The program supports the middle school and high school student ambassadors as well.