Note to the school:
FOOD DRIVE AND LOOSE CHANGE COLLECTION
As part of a service learning project, the sixth grade students will be collecting nonperishable food items and loose change for the next three weeks. All of the items that are collected will be given to the NE Iowa Food Bank. Items will be picked up from each homeroom the next three Friday mornings. Thank you for your support!
Mrs. Lockhart and the Sixth Grade Students
Letter to parents:
SIXTH GRADE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT
"There are two kinds of gratitude: the sudden kind we feel for what we receive, and the larger kind we feel for what we give." Edward Arlington Robinson
This summer I was part of a team at PLS that was awarded a $7500 grant through the National Council of the Social Studies and CiviConnections for a service learning project. Part of those funds covered a three day training session about implementing a project and how to incorporate historical inquiry into their learning.
The sixth graders are experienced service learning students! Along with the eighth grade class, we will be looking at hunger in NE Iowa. A lot of the work for the project will be done in the classroom. The students will be looking at statistics form the NE Iowa food bank and the soup kitchen at the Salvation Army. This will cover the historical inquiry part of the project. Another required element of the project includes actual service time. Each student will need 20 hours of time involved in the project. Fifteen of the twenty hours will be done at school. In addition to our in-class work, we will be touring and volunteering our time at the food bank and possibly the Salvation Army.
The remaining five hours will be completed outside of school time. This is where I need your help. During the months of September and October, your child will need to complete five (5) hours of service that relates to combating hunger. Some possible ideas are listed below. The actual service is not limited to just these ideas! If you have more ideas that you would like to share, I would appreciate hearing those so I can pass them on to others.
1. Ask family members or neighbors to donate nonperishable goods to the NE Iowa food bank. (Your child will actually collect the goods and bring them to school).
2. Work at a farmer's market
3. Work at a church dinner
4. Complete additional hours at the food bank
5. Make something and give to someone in need
The attached service log will need to be filled out with documentation of what kind of service your child did. If you would like to take a photo(s) of your child while he/she is engaged in their service, I would really enjoy seeing those photos. They would add a lot to the final evaluation and documentation that is needed at the end of the project.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this project. The entire project has to be completed by the end of October since it will then be presented at the National Social Studies Conference in November.
"Service-learning is a particularly fertile way of involving young people in community service, because it ties helping others to what they are learning in the classroom. It enables them to apply academic disciplines to practical, everyday problems. In the process, it provides a compelling answer to the adolescent's perennial question, 'Why do I need to learn this stuff?'" Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State
Constructing the Past*Creating the Future
Teacher Names: Amy Lockhart and Mike Hamilton
School District: Malcolm Price Laboratory School
Grades: 6 & 8
Date: August 25, 2004
Choosing an issue: Middle school students at MPLS will examine the issue of hunger on a local, national, and global level. Hopefully, the students will create a project which will heighten awareness throughout the community about the issue of hunger. Students will also be volunteering their time by helping at soup kitchens or the local food bank and possibly arranging a school or community food drive.
Investigating our Community's History: Students will take a field trip to the local food bank to learn about its origins in our community. They will discover when and why it began as well as learning what role the food bank plays in today's community. We will look at past times in our community's history when hunger was more of a problem due to economic hardships. Finally, students will learn what they can do specifically in their community to help alleviate the problem.
Examining Government Documents: Students will examine pictures and U.S. documents that deal with the general issue of poverty. The main focus will be on life during the Great Depression. We will look at documents concerning the welfare of the American people during this period and also during the Lyndon Johnson administration. We will also look at documents the United Nations have produced which discuss the issues of hunger and poverty.
Improving our Community: Students will brainstorm ideas on how we can help to eliminate the issue of hunger in our community. They will likely come up with ideas such as food drives, money drives, volunteer work at the food bank or at a soup kitchen, and general efforts to heighten awareness of the issue in the Cedar Valley area. The target audience will be the students at our school and the members of our community.
Celebrating Service and Learning: A multimedia presentation will be shown to parents which will depict the effort that students have made. We also plan to make a documentary that exposes the problem of hunger in our area and discusses how people can help. We will try to get that program aired on our local access television station.