My district had a huge grant a few years back that was focused on community.
The high school English classes interviewed senior citizen residents, but
they ran into the challenge of when to have them do the interviews. We
couldn't just release them from school to go interview, and having them do
it in the evenings was hard as many of the students are out for sports and
then work. So overall the project wasn't overly successful, but could be if
the kinks were worked out. The school where my son goes to school has a
community service day each year, where people contact the school for work
they need done. Students go around town and paint houses, clean up yards,
and whatever else is requested. If your school does something like this you
could possibly have the kids interview after they do the community service.
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> 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."