My school (a Catholic school) has a program like that called "The Hope
Project." It's pretty much the same thing, except they get more into
doing actual repairs to houses, too -- fixing holes in roofs, caulking
windows, etc. If you want, I could get you in touch with the teacher
that is in charge of the program, since I really don't know much about
the nuts and bolts of it.
On 4/23/06, Lucinda Shinn <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have high school students. They go around the town
> taking pictures of the older houses. Since most are
> owned by elderly people that can't do much outside, we
> use photoshop to clean up the yard, we added shrubs to
> one house, and turned a dog into a tree.(Just to show
> the students how to do it)
> I am now hoping to get the sponsors of community
> service clubs in our school interested in helping the
> elderly and poor in our little town instead of taking
> students to Oklahoma City. As one man said," I wish
> you could do that do the actual house."
> I have also talked to the history department about
> having students talk to the elderly and hopefully we
> can find a digital cam recorder to tape the interview.
> The English department can use the same information
> for a written report and help the students research
> something that they cannot copy off the web.
> We have just a couple of weeks of school left, and
> it is taken up with tests, field trips and whatever.
> So this is a plan for next year.
> Please pick it apart. What do you see as the
> problems? I have until the first week in August to
> have this plan on paper and presented to the
> administration. Any ideas on how to present to
> teachers so they will go for it. How do I ensure the
> safety of my students. The town where the little girl
> was killed by her neighbor is not far from us.
> Sorry it's so long. Lucinda
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