Craft Kits

Teacher(s): Patricia Doran and Erica Hilliker

Main Contact: Patricia Doran 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. We will be decorating pillow cases and assembling craft kits to distribute to the children at the Helen DeVos Children’s hospital. These items were identified by the hospital as donations that will help provide comfort and intellectual stimulation to patients staying at the 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? We are meeting the need of providing comfort for the sick children in our community. We contacted the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to discover ways in which we could provide support. What service will you provide to address the need? We will be donating craft kits and decorative pillowcases to distribute to the patients at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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 ties into a number of literacy standards. State Standards and Benchmarks  List standards and benchmarks me 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? Students will reflect on the work by putting together a visual presentation of their experience to present to their peers, parents, and 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.) Students will learn about abilities/challenges of sick children in their community.

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? Students will take the lead in identifying a need in their community, researching and developing a project, and planning for its implementation.


Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs. Who will you partner with for this project? Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital How will the partner benefit from this collaboration? They will receive much needed donations for patients in their hospital.


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? Quality of product created, positive student interaction, and student presentation of project.


Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes. How will you prepare students for this experience? • We will watch video examples of service learning projects • We will brainstorm with students for ideas for their service learning project • We will help students locate and contact organizations for their service learning project • We will help the students develop a plan and a timeline for their service learning project • We will help students create a budget for the service learning project • We will help students will generate a supply list and order supplies What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project? • Research needs of sick children • Write letters to the organizations that help sick children • Make a budget • Research best buys for supplies • Write directions for craft kits • Decorate pillowcases and put together craft kits


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. By selecting the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as the organization to partner with, our students will be exposing their peers, parents, and community to the needs of sick children. They will also be modeling tangible ways that the community can support the organization as well.