Home Improvement

Teacher(s): Brett Lambert and Gabrielle Gauthier
Main Contact: Brett Lambert
Date: 4/2013      Building: Godfrey-Lee High School      Grade Level: 9-12
Semester: Extended Learning

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

We’re going to give back to a member of the community by helping him with home improvement. Also, we are going to help another member of the community by doing yard work and cleaning.


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 will be addressing the community of Wyoming. We determined the need because we know of people who need help and are getting in contact with these people to figure out what it is exactly that they need help with.

What service will you provide to address the need?

The services that we will be providing are painting, cleaning the yard, raking, and planting.


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?

The projects going to provide the chance for these students to come together as a team to help the people in their community. Also, how to give back to people who have been in the community for a while and that have given to Godfrey Lee Public Schools. It’s going to bring these students together not as associates or friends, but as a family and bring them closer together. We will also be practicing keeping a budget and addressing math goals in the process.

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

We will reflect through group discussion about the way we respect each other and look after one another.


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.)

Not all the students are the same race or share the same background so by working together, the students will be able to experience how each individual works by how they were raised.


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?

The students will be the ones deciding who gets what jobs and how they can work together to make these things happen.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

We will partner with various neighbors who need help with their homes.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The homeowners will benefit by having simple home improvements done which they are unable to do themselves.



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?

We will assess the students learning goals by the number of items they are able to satisfactorily complete for the homeowners.



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 prepare the students by telling them what needs to be done and give them advice when they need it. But also, let them take it into their own hands and let them figure out how to work together to become the team they need to become so they can get the job done.

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

Painting, cleaning, and yard work.



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 addresses the issue of sustainability through social progress. We’re going to be giving back to the community by helping people who are retired and might need help with yard work, painting, or just cleaning up around their homes.