Food Bank Volunteers

Teacher(s): Addis, Egeler, Foote
Main Contact: Brett Addis
Date: 5/2013           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.

In this project, a group of 15 students will be volunteering to help at a local food bank to complete necessary activities which they require volunteer help to complete. They will be completing their service during the four weekdays immediately following the regular school year. Each day we will walk from the school to the UCOM location and return at the end of the day.

 

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?

One of the continuing needs of the community is the effect of poverty on families. United Church Outreach Ministries identified the need 30 years ago and has been working to provide food, clothing, and cash assistance to families in the area.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The students will provide service by offering volunteer hours in a local food pantry in addition to helping to provide community awareness of both the need that exists in the community and of UCOMs services.

 

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 is an example of students utilizing technology as part of a problem solving process including using media to develop projects and collaboration. They will also be gaining valuable experience becoming involved in their community as citizens.

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

METS – CI.3 Use a variety of media and formats to design, develop, publish, and present projects

METS – CC.4 Plan and implement a collaborative project using telecommunications tools.

METS – CT.1 Use digital resources for problem solving and independent learning.

P4.3 Plan and conduct activities intended to advance views on matters of public policy, report the results, and evaluate effectiveness.

 

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?

Before students are involved in service, they will start a reflection journal about their perceptions of poverty, food banks, and the people who utilize these services. They will be adding their thoughts and perceptions as they change or solidify throughout the week long project.

 

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.)

Though the culture of the immediate community is well represented by students in the school, the experience will not be a familiar one for them in terms of normal school activities. They will be helping to serve families that include older generations that require assistance. They will also be interacting with staff who have a distinct mission of assisting others through service.

 

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 have been involved with brainstorming ideas of ways to provide service in the community. Students have taken charge of making community contacts and deciding how they can best help the program at UCOM.

 

Effective Practice: RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIPS

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

Who will you partner with for this project?

We will partner with United Church Outreach Ministries, a local food pantry and assistance program.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

This program runs with a great deal of volunteer assistance from members of the community, including donations of food, clothing, and cash assistance. Our students will be providing volunteer hours to assist in the running of their operations and to help provide community awareness of their mission.

 

Effective Practice: PROGRESS MONITORING

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?

Students will be assessed through observation of daily reflections and through student interviews.

 

Effective Practice: DURATION AND INTENSITY

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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

In order to prepare for the experience we will have a representative from UCOM speak with the students about what they do to benefit the community and why, start a journal of perceptions and questions that students have, and determine possible ways that we could support UCOM in their mission.

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

As part of the project, students will be sorting, organizing, and collecting food pantry items. They will be working in fundraising projects. They will also be promoting community awareness of the issue.

 

SUSTAINABILITY

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.

Our project is directly related to service that provides relief of the immediate needs of families in our community. Increased awareness of the need in the community as well as how to help of both the students involved and others will also be a goal in that it will promote a greater lifelong understanding and empathy towards helping others in need.