Beautification and Games

Teacher(s): Tom DeGennaro and Bill Andree

Main Contact: Tom DeGennaro

Date: April 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.

Students will be giving back to the Godfrey-Lee community by beautifying their neighborhood. Residents will have their yard work maintained by students as well as any painting and reinforcing of fences needed.


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 need is to beautify the neighborhood in which Lee High students reside. This was determined by reaching out to residents and asking for their feedback. We will be creating bean bag games to donate to the Wyoming Lib., Old Age Homes and the Four Evan Golf Outing

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will be making the games from scratch.


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?

SS Civic Duty

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.

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

1. APPLIED ACADEMIC SKILLS (basic reading writing and mathematical skills covered)

2. DEVELOPING AND PRESENTING INFORMATION (Students developed the ideas and presented those ideas to teacher leaders as well as neighborhood residents.)

3. PROBLEM SOLVING (This will be more of a factor during the actual week of Rebel Heart.)

4. PERSONAL MANAGEMENT (Students have had to develop ideas and expand upon them during the course of preparation)

5. ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS (Each student is responsible for a piece of the project and must organize accordingly)

6. TEAMWORK & NEGOTIATION SKILLS (Because there were many ideas available, students had to negotiate as a team in order to make the final choice for this project.)

7. USING EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS (The behaviors learned throughout this process will help them in future career situations.)

ELA Standard 1, 2, 3 Meaning and Communication

Social Studies Standard III.3 Democracy in Action

Social Studies Strand IV. Economic Perspective

Social Studies Standard V.2 Conducting Investigations

Math Standards I. Patterns, Relationships, and Functions and II. Geometry and Measurement


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?

Students will provide a written and verbal reflection after this project is complete. They will write a reflection paper on their giving to the community


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.)

We will be donating to older people.

There is a representation of different cultures, learning styles, ability levels and grade levels represented in this particular group of students. Each student brings something to the project that will promote the understanding of diversity and mutual respect.


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?

Though the teachers arranged the project, the students were able to select their roles within the project.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

We are partnering with GLPS neighborhood residents.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

These residents will benefit by having their residences beautified by Lee 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?

Teacher and student-leaders will provide ongoing assessments and feedback during the project. As well, students will self-assess.



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

Students have been preparing for this project throughout this year by having large group meetings as well as small group interactions. Students will be gathering materials and mapping out the coordinates in order to most efficiently address all neighborhood needs during the week of Rebel Heart.

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

Students have prepared proposals, contacted residents and made calls about supplies needed for this project.



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.

Students have decided that their goals are to clean up the local environment, to help their neighbors and their hope is that future students will continue on providing beautification to the neighborhood in which they attend school and live.