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Re: [teacherartexchange] ideas for school wide community service


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 21 2009 - 17:54:21 PDT

The school my children both attended has a community service day. Every
student is expected to go with their group & do some sort of community
service that day. People can call the school & request help on whatever they
need. During the years my children particpated they painted senior citizen's
homes, raked leaves & cleaned up yards, painted the library, washed fire
hoses at the fire department, painted trash barrels & fire hydrants, etc.
Then when they would get home I always had to go see what they had done.

Our primary school took an old abandoned lot & turned it into a park. The
art department made stepping stones, painted trash barrels, & made wind

> 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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