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Family History Night

Sarah - Fairland, Indiana - July 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
122
Total Hours Served
1536
Students spent two weeks researching their family history and learning about local history from senior citizens. Select students visited the Walker House to interview its residents and incorporate their stories into our Family History Night. All students created a family tree, timeline, or scrapbook to present to the community. This culminated in Family History Night where we hosted family members, Walker House residents, and the local community. Students presented the works they had created.

Garden Preparing for the Community

Amber - Fort Wayne, Indiana - July 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
40
Total Hours Served
435
We have our garden up and running. Over the summer of 2017 students have: researched, analyzed, and decided on plants the they would like to see in our school garden. Students have made a google slide document to share. Eel River staff members and students have volunteered their time to remove old soil from garden beds, add new soil to garden beds, and till the garden for planting preparation. Community volunteers, DeWald Gardens and Stuckey's Greenhouses, along with staff members, supported the garden with their generous flower and produce donations. All of the garden plants have been planted. The community reaction is phenomenal! Our garden may have gone unnoticed before, but now it is shining with pride and beauty. When I am watering on a daily basis, I am receiving many compliments from people walking by. The local newspaper, The Northwest News and Printing, visited the garden and wrote a wonderful publication. Since planting the following has been occurring almost daily: weeding, watering, and harvesting. Students have volunteered to make creative garden markers to help display the plant names. We are excited to start our projects this school year with what we are growing!

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Chelsea - Broomfield, Colorado - July 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
10
Total Hours Served
28
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Chelsea - Broomfield, Colorado - July 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
13
Total Hours Served
33
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Chelsea - Broomfield, Colorado - July 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
22
Total Hours Served
125
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Importance of Recycling and Reducing Energy Usage

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 19, 2017
Total Volunteers:
31
Total Hours Served
62
We began the discussion of recycling by asking the kids what it means to recycle. Many raised their hands and said things along the lines of "reusing old materials", "making something new out of something old", and "helping reduce trash". Continuing our conversation, we asked the kids to give examples of things that we can recycle: paper, plastic, phones, cans, turning off lights and water, batteries, tvs, cardboard, scrap metal, car parts, glass, grocery bags, bottle caps, light bulbs, and paint. We then asked the question, "Why is it important to recycle and how can we encourage others to recycle?" Several kids talked about the fact that we need to save the planet and reduce the amount of waste, referencing our previous service project (pollution). After finishing the discussion, we transitioned to the hands-on part of service learning: making recycling bins. We split the kids into groups of 4-5 and gave them each a cardboard box. Colored paper, markers, streamers, and rope were available for them to use to decorate their boxes that were going to be used at the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center. Half of the groups made boxes for recycling paper, and the other half of the groups made boxes to recycle plastic. The boxes will be placed around the center to be used for recycling.

5&6 park clean up

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 18, 2017
Total Volunteers:
44
Total Hours Served
44
Picked up trach at Rhodius park

GO! READ Priscilla Project

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
6
Total Hours Served
18
Monthly visits to engage refugee women and children of Nepalises and Karen.

Mount St. Mary's Hospital

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
6
Total Hours Served
18
Annual Distribution of books to the Maternity Unit.

GO! READ ABCD Newfane

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
6
Total Hours Served
12
Reading with Children at Newfane

GO! READ Priscilla Project

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
4
Total Hours Served
8
Monthly visits to see refugee families (women and children)

GO! READ Family Help Center

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
4
Total Hours Served
8
KDWT Read with children at the center.

Seneca Street Clean up

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
26
Total Hours Served
104
Monthly Clean up collaborated wth Buffalo Riverkeepers at Seneca Street alongside Buffalo River. Volunteers cleared the area of trash. There other community volunteers participating.

Priscilla Project

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
15
Total Hours Served
45
Monthly visit with Refugee families, reading with children and doing activities.

Valentines Day with Heathwood Seniors

Elizabeth - Buffalo, New York - July 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
12
Total Hours Served
48
Youth volunteers spent the day with Heathwood Senior Citizens, entertaining them with music and activities.

Neighbors-4-Neighbors @ St. Margarets Church

Chet - Palm Desert, California - July 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
9
Total Hours Served
60
Packed produce, USDA commodity, and staples food bags (750 in total) and distributed them to 250 local families who struggle with food insecurity.

Wedgwood High School - Paper clip project

Pier - Fort Worth, Texas - July 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
21
Total Hours Served
202.5
The students have been counting and collecting paper clips to represent the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust during World War II.

Last Chance For Animals

Pier - Fort Worth, Texas - July 16, 2017
Total Volunteers:
21
Total Hours Served
NaN
The students sold chocolate chip cookies to their peers and the proceeds went to the charity, Last Chance for Animals. They were trying to raise awareness about the plight of dogs in China.

Drinking Our Way to Wellness

Kelly - Zionsville, Indiana - July 14, 2017
Total Volunteers:
117
Total Hours Served
472
Our district has a complete wellness push called Wellness 360. This focuses on the physical and mental health of our students and staff. We would like to purchase water filtration and water bottle filler devices that attach to the drinking fountains that we have at school for all to enjoy. The money from this grant will be used to purchase snacks and drinks which will be available for purchase during our Dads Club Basketball Tournament. The money we raise from the snacks and drinks will be used to purchase these water filtration devices for our drinking fountains.

Teen Totes

Jennifer - Clarence Center, New York - July 13, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
10
Teen totes were created especially for girls who may be residing in emergency shelter situations.

Capes of Courage and Busy Bags

Jennifer - Clarence Center, New York - July 12, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
30
Decorated 30 bags and filled with crayons, markers, game cards, coloring books. Created 30 Capes of Courage.

Gleaners Thank Yous

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 11, 2017
Total Volunteers:
39
Total Hours Served
39
The kids decorated paper bags and paper plates with "thank you" notes and pictures of food to thank Gleaners for their donated snack packs.

Trash into Treasures

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - July 11, 2017
Total Volunteers:
38
Total Hours Served
38
Kids made rainsticks out of recycled material (empty paper towel rolls).

Dance Marathon for Riley Children's Hospital Foundation

Mariane - Jeffersonville, Indiana - July 10, 2017
Total Volunteers:
91
Total Hours Served
9300
Students from Jeff High conducted a 10-month campaign to raise funds for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. All efforts culminated in a 4-hour Dance Marathon during which activities, food, and Riley families provided a backdrop for showcasing all that had been done to support this worthy cause. Toward the end of the event, students on the Executive Board revealed the final total raised: $17, 203, 49. This was $5000 more than the goal that was originally set for the event.

Science Buddies

Jill - Monticello, Indiana - July 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
87
Total Hours Served
3460
Each month the high school students create a lab/activity/demonstration for their elementary science buddies to complete. The lessons tie directly into the Earth/Space content and always have an underlying theme of kindness. Students form a lasting bond with their buddies and take ownership in their learning by being able to properly teach the 1st grade students the Earth Science content. During our monthly meetings with our Science Buddies we like to teach them about a particular topic about Earth (since my class is the Honors Earth Science class). The lessons they learn throughout the school year will help the 1st grade students understand that it is our responsibility to take care of the Earth, for it is the only one we have. This lesson will teach them that we truly have a "small world" and it is up to us to take care of it. We also want them to learn to take care of each other and to be kind by performing random acts of kindness in their daily lives. The $250 went towards the expense of our 2nd annual Pay It Forward Day events. Students create a Rube Goldberg machine and at the end there are gifts from the high school students to the elementary students.

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