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Re: [teacherartexchange] ideas for school wide community service


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 21 2009 - 16:55:43 PDT

One thing we are doing is the "Empty Bowls Project". Perhaps that
could be one way for some of the students to give. My district did
that for the first time last year and it was a big hit. We sold the
bowls before a board meeting, so we had a large group who would be
there anyway. We earned more money than the goal we set, and it was
very popular, so we felt successful. The money went to a food bank
that serves our community. If you do this be prepared for people who
want early access. I'll write more if you want to know more.

My former district created quite a nice second hand clothing source
for families at the district office. I would guess that a lot of
kids would NOT go into a free clothing space at their own school.
Too embarrassing, but at the district office it was "safe". Our
social workers would give them a ride if they needed one.

Good luck. Helping others, even in Title One schools, where many of
the kids are in need, gives kids that life lesson of "doing good for
others" and they feel good about that. Good luck with your plan,
your goals are important ones.


On Oct 21, 2009, at 8:48 AM, donnalyn shuster wrote:

> Looking for a suggestion for a school wide community service
> project designed to build morale and foster a greater sense of
> pride for middle schoolers. We are a low economic area and are
> looking for an idea that can 'give back' to the community as so
> many people are in need.
> This came about after a discussion with a few teachers about how
> counter-productive things like 'spirit week' are to middle
> schoolers - and that they get so wound up about it. We need to
> channel the energy into something positive that we can relate back
> to 'pride in our school' in an non athletic sense....
> Others, do you have the same issues??? I am so tired of the chaos
> the traditional 'spirit' week causes....and there will be
> resistance I am sure.
> Also...looking for ideas on hosting a clothing center in the school
> for students in need......I know of several who do not have winter
> coats and come to school not dressed for the weather...and others
> who pick through the lost bin looking for is so sad in
> this economy to see this happening. ( And we can tie this in to "
> How The Artist Can Impact the Community Where They Live....")
> I appreciate any direction you all could give me on this great list!
> Donnalyn in NY
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