Assisting Organizations

Teacher(s): Andrea Donovan & Michael Donovan
Main contact: Andrea Donovan
Date: 4/2013 Building: Godfrey-Lee High School Grades: 9-12
Semester: Extended Learning

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Our team is assisting with three different local organizations: Wyoming Senior Center, God’s Kitchen, and Wedgwood Christian Services providing services such as a preparing and serving meals, landscaping, and light maintenance.


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?

–Social interaction and campus beautification.

–The need was determined based on diversity in the groups (seniors, homeless, children) and previous relationships with the organizations

What service will you provide to address the need?

–preparing and serving meals,


–light maintenance.


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 a specific curriculum?

This project relates to a number of ELA standards.

State Standards and Benchmarks  List standards and benchmark met by this project.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CCSS-Math- L1.2.4 Organize and summarize a data set in a table, plot, chart, or spreadsheet; find patterns in a display of data; understand and critique data displays in the media.


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 students use to show what they have learned and accomplished?



–final showcase presentation


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.)





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 this project?

–choosing team name

–choosing organizations

–choosing individuals to interact with

–choosing projects & specifics



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

–Wyoming Senior Center

–God’s Kitchen

–Wedgwood Christian Services

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

–social interaction

–campus beautification



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?

–showcase presentation

–final reflection



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

–monthly meetings

–Q & A


–budget planning

–planning daily schedule

–planning activities

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

–meal preparation



–light maintenance

–clothing distribution



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.

–Continues to foster the community relationship between Godfrey-Lee and Wyoming Senior Center

–Fosters respect and appreciation for different economic classes of Grand Rapids and the challenges that might come from economic hardships

–Fosters relationship between Kent County schools and education systems

–Assists in sustaining property and community locations