Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

Teacher (s): Keith Tramper, Kelly McGee, Karyl Kramer
Main Contact: Keith Tramper
Date: 4/15/13       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 run a community event to raise money for DeVos Children’s Hospital


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?

Students will be addressing the financial needs of DeVos Children’s Hospital.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Students will put on a community event to raise money for DeVos Children’s Hospital. The event will include having families in the area attend a “Fun Day” event.


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?

Math – Budgeting and estimating returns, breaking even

Business – Planning events, advertising, target-audience, growing money, investment

Social Studies – Understanding social issues and needs of community groups

Psychology – How to advertise to gain a person’s interest

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

6.2.7 Participate in a service-learning project, reflect upon experiences, and evaluate the value of the experience to the American ideal of participation.


 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 of reflection will students use to show what they have learned and accomplished?

Students will reflect in short activities throughout the development of the project including altruism, needs of the community, interests of cultures, interests of age groups and community support. Students will create a presentation at the end of the project to display for community members.


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 understand the needs of children in need of medical care. They will explore the perspectives of different cultural, generational and areas of the community in order to effectively promote their event.


Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing and evaluation service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will student gain ownership of this project?

Students have worked together since day one of the project on deciding on a need, deciding on an avenue to help, planning the event and managing the event. Teachers assume the role of coach.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Helen Devos Children’s Hospital – Monetary donation

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools – Positive attention from the community and well rounded, culturally adept 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?

Checks for understanding during the course of the project through classroom discussion, small group discussion, classroom polls. In addition to the progress made throughout the year, there will be a culmination presentation that students will choose to show their understanding and learning from the project.



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 hold discussions on the importance of service to the community and the impact of altruism on the world. Students will be given most of the major choices in the classroom and development of the project. The teachers will coach students on any concerns or other viewpoints which are not evident in their discussions.

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

– Analyze a short video clip from the movie “Pay it Forward” and determine the definition of Altruism. Students will then research other acts of altruism in the news.

– Research methods for advertising including how to direct marketing to a specific age group or culture and where to most effectively display them in the community as well as getting community buy-in from local businesses and organizations.

– Develop a plan to grow the investment and increase the donation to DeVos Children’s hospital.



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.

Through this project, we’re hoping that the student ownership piece will inspire other members of the community including other schools and students to give back to the community. We’re also hoping that this project has a lasting impact on the students involved in it and help them recognize the importance of service to their community. Lastly, the act of giving to a specific need will help raise awareness for the need which will hopefully increase the donations they receive in the future.