Making Kits for Kids

Teacher(s): Miller & Rierson
Date: March 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.

The group is going to work with DeVos Childrens’ Hospital to make and deliver activity kits for children staying in 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?

The community need is to support children staying in the hospital with simple activity related kits so as to keep their spirits up during their stay and recovery. We determined the need after contacting a representative from the hospital.

What service will you provide to address the need?

We will be making activity kits for the children to work on while they are staying in the 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?

The project planning including the specific mathematics required to supply the correct number of kits with proper supplies will require some basic algebra problem solving skills.

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

CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-CED.A.1 Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions.

 

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?

Learners will not only complete the community service process, but will complete a post activity reflection related to their interest and their relative thoughts regarding the activity.

 

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.)

Learners will be delivering the kits to children from a highly diverse background as this is a public hospital.

 

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?

Learners have been responsible for all parts of this project (the good and the not so good). They have learned that being responsible sometimes means you have to be ready or deal with the pressures that come when you are not prepared.

 

Effective Practice: RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIPS

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?

We will be making activity kits for children staying in the hospital.

 

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?

If the learners are able to create the kits and have them delivered in time while working together as a cohesive team.

 

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?

They will need to figure out how many kits and the materials that need to be purchased. They will also need to organize into groups so that they can most effectively complete the task in a timely manner.

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

Not only will we be putting together kits so patients can make their own picture frame, but we will also be making a picture frame to give as a gift to each of the patients.

 

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.

Anytime one can provide hope and support for our youth, this will be passed on whether it is with our Lee students or the patients after they leave the hospital and remember what was done for them and repeat the act. Also, by our students experiencing the joy of community service hopefully they will be more likely to step forward and be involved in other community service projects.