A House Is A Home

Teacher(s): Donna Casmere, JD Gonzales, Mike Zurgable
Main Contact: Donna Casmere Email: dcasmere@kvilleps.org
Date: 9-25-12 Building: Kelloggsville High School Grade Level: 9-12
Semester 1: Planning Semester 2: Implementation

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning

Promote homeless awareness. Students will create sculptures that will be distributed throughout the community to bring awareness to the homeless. These sculptures have been a brain child of the students themselves. They were influenced by the Cows from Chicago that were painted by artist.


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?

Roy Juarez visited our school and talked about being homeless. He inspired the students to find a way to communicate, support, and created support for the homeless in our community.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Awareness in our community of the homeless.


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 will fulfill philosophies of art, connecting with the community, and techniques in art.

The link to the curriculum is through history, aesthetics, product, and process.

What are the educational goals?

The students will create artwork to bring awareness to the homeless as well as linking to the curriculum.


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Strand: 11-12 ELA: Writing
TLW: Participate in shared research to build and present knowledge. (Gist: Research to Build and Present Knowledge)

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

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


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?

Students will show their sculptures in community areas. They will record their input on the blog. Donations toward the House is a Home Project with jars by the houses.


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)

Projects will deal with the variety of cultures in our community, express concern for disabilities, and demonstrate learning styles through their art.


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?

All students will be able to participate in this project. The student will begin with brainstorming. They will record, and research via internet with written ideas that symbolize. Students will engage in planning the major design of the project. Student will be designated roles such as project leader, project historian, etc.

Students will gain ownership by presenting to the students at the elementary level the House is a Home project.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

We are going to ask Habitat for Humanity to speak to the students.

We are hoping to partner with area businesses such as Gordon Foods, Branns, schools and churches in our community with the display of our Homes.

How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will know that THEY can make a difference through creativity, and experiences that build relationships and self-confidence.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

We will display the artwork in their work and give awareness to the homeless in our community. We hope that our partners will benefit from this experience by seeing that the youth in our community is caring, creative, and bright. We will have Habitat for Humanity visit and explain how important their program is.



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?

Critique, reflections, and showing their work.

How will you assess your service goals?

We assess our service goals by the response of the community. We will see if we can raise awareness.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

The students have already begun preparing! The brainstorming began after the Roy Juarez visit. He talked about his experience of being homeless and how his life has been affected. We hope to work with the students in our school to present, display, and participate in the artwork.

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

We will continue on our written brainstorming. We will create mascots (small models) of ideas for the project. We will need to draw up life size models. We will choose a final design. We will cut the wood in the woodshop, and paint the displays.



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?

We hope to sell the sculptures and use the profit to give to Homes for Humanity or for our community needs.