This semester is quickly coming to a close, and our service learning projects are coming to an end. Two groups will still be accepting donations for their care packages until the end of the week, so if you’re reading this, and you are in the area, our students would be grateful for any toiletry items that you would be willing to donate. They will divide those items and send them to their respective organizations on Friday.
Several students saw their letters to the editor published in The Sun News which provides a real-world audience for writing and validation for the work they’ve done. A couple of these students even received feedback from members of the community, further showing them the impact their work can have on others. One reader called our principal and asked her to pass along the message that he was inspired to volunteer because of one student’s passion as demonstrated in her letter to the editor. That letter is provided above in print.
Those students who did not choose to write a letter to the editor created public service announcements for their issues, and most found Animoto to be a quick and easy way to publish their PSAs and link them to their blogs. You can see one student’s promotion for awareness of PTSD here.
Perhaps most rewarding, some students are continuing to volunteer with the organizations they selected even though they are no longer being “graded” on their projects. The list of student blogs is provided again below if you’d like to view their progress and what they’ve accomplished with service learning. They like feedback, so good or bad, give them a shout out so they know someone’s paying attention (besides me)…