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Transportation and Pollution

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - June 26, 2017
Total Volunteers:
29
Total Hours Served
87
We asked the students, what pollution was. We then further explained pollution and its effects in society. Following this we did an activity with them in which we noted the varying types of transportation. They were actively engaged in processing different modes of transportation and then they guessed how much pollution each mode gave off. There options were a little, a lot, and none. This had them guessing and enabled them to process how different sized vehicles emit different amounts of pollution. We then shared the answers with them. We illustrated ways pollution could be eliminated, such as taking the bus etc. etc. Following this we had them get creative and develop a non polluting mode of transportation to share with the class. They shared why it didn't emit pollution and what it was created from that was more helpful than harmful to the environment. At the end of the activity they created cut the pollution cards to encourage others to take the bus, or even walk to work. They passed these out to their friends and family in acts of volunteer service.

Caring in Our Community

Julie - Angola, Indiana - June 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
28
Total Hours Served
944
Community partners were determined using the Blue Sky Activity. Students were guided through the IPARDE process to carry out 5 major acts of caring in the community: 1) Northern Lakes Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility; creating a photo backdrop and decorations for the "senior" prom at a local nursing home and decorating with the residents, 2) Angola Parks and Recreation Department: creating and distributing "doodle stones" with messages of care and happiness around city park, plus purchasing and planting a tree in the park, 3) Steuben County Literacy Coalition; designing and creating 500 bookmarks with positive messages for community literacy coalition for distribution, 4) Purdue Extension; purchasing supplies for local environmental agency to promote conservation awareness. The class located each organization on a community map, and used the Community Foundation website to learn about the organizations purpose and needs. Although the class participated as a whole, sub groups were created to oversee each community partner project. Initially students sent out emails explaining our goal and requesting ways to give time, talent, or treasure. Sub groups had to keep track of and balance the budget, correspond with organizations, and oversee the completion of work done in class (doodle stones, backdrop and decorations, bookmarks), plus report to the whole class. Sub groups were also the chief communicators when we visited organizations or had organizations visit us. This year's projects required a lot more talent, than past years, so there was a lot more hands-on. A new animal shelter is in the process of being built, so the only request was a brick. Students were disappointed that it only required treasure, but they worked together to make sure our brick had a strong message about their quest for caring. We spent a day serving and delivering at the nursing home and city park. While Purdue Extension and Literacy Coalition visited us. Each group was eager to share with us their importance in the community and more opportunities for the kids to serve and benefit from their organization; for example, summer programs/camps. 4-H, and so on. Although I felt relief when the final stages of the overall project were checked off, the kids were already seeking ways to keep the theme of "caring" continuing. One suggested making doodle stones to distribute in other communities on vacation. Another student plans to go back to the nursing home to visit residents we became friends with on our visit, with her parent's support. Many students made notes for the residents for me to drop off. Plus, students took initiative to request that I help spread their caring quest on social media and the press. We tweeted, posted on facebook, and made the newspaper three separate times!

Comfort Cases

Amelia - Woodhaven, New York - June 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
22
Total Hours Served
25
We purchased items such as blankets, pajamas, stuffed animals, shampoos and conditioners, body washes, toothbrushes and toothpaste, coloring books and crayons, small toys, and more and stuffed backpacks which will be given to foster children so they may never have to carry their things is a garbage bag again.

Letters to Soldiers

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - June 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
22.5
The LEADERS wrote letters for soldiers to send to Operation Gratitude. They wrote a minimum of five sentences and many of them wrote more than that. Some teens also added decoration and inspirational quotes.

Placemats for Food Pantry

Mary - Indianapolis, Indiana - June 21, 2017
Total Volunteers:
24
Total Hours Served
35
The LEADERS decorated white cardstock with inspirational quotes to help motivate others coming to the local food pantry. They also created their own quotes and added drawings. The cardstock is laminated and the students will come with the LEADER counselor

PENNIES FOR PARROTS

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - June 20, 2017
Total Volunteers:
6
Total Hours Served
49
I CREATED A FUNDRAISER "PENNIES FOR PARROTS" TO HELP THE BIRDS AT ZAZU'S HOUSE IN WOODINVILLE WA. MY TEAM OF 4 FRIENDS HELPED COLLECT A LOT OF PENNIES, NICKELS, DIMES AND FEW DOLLAR BILLS. WE SEPARATED THE COINS AND PUT THEM INTO RESPECTIVE COIN SLEEVES AND THEN ADDED THEM UP. WE COLLECTED A TOTAL OF $260.

Science Smile Box Project

Sheila - Danville, Indiana - June 17, 2017
Total Volunteers:
145
Total Hours Served
2057
Stages of Service Learning: 1. First in order to prepare a mindset for service learning my classes experienced the Philanthropy Unit New Philanthropists:Philanthropy Unit. This curriculum helped students to start thinking of themselves as philanthropists. 2. Second was time for student actions and decision making. We brainstormed in classes and investigated what could we do as science classes to help our community. We started with a list of many ideas then voted on our top choices. Next we looked at the available resources (money, people and time) and got together a committee who would take the classes' ideas and investigate how the ideas could be implemented in the community. For example, they reflected on the ideas the class generated and took action by investigation. For example, one part of our project was to bring Science Smile Kits to Hendricks Regional Hospital Pediatric Ward. They had to get contact people, investigate hospital procedure (what would be allowed to do and bring), investigate age appropriate science toys, etc. After investigating, they reflected on what would be possible to do. For the second part of the project students decided on helping K -2nd graders to do science activities with the after school PACE program at Danville North Elementary School. They had to plan science activities for K-2 and investigate what activities would best fit for the age of the kids. It was fun to to see the project come together. 3. organizations partnered with: Hendricks Regional Health and Danville North Elementary School 4. How challenges were met: Our first challenge was to figure out transportation and work around schedules. This gave students practice in time management. We had the challenge of going from a broad idea to a concrete plan that we could implement within our time and budget. One challenge that we had is that after our investigation, we found out that depending on the day there may or may not be pediatric patients available for us to visit. Students decided to have a back up plan. We arranged to be at the hospital when pediatric nurses had their staff meeting so that could learn about our science kits so could then spread science joy with future patients that we gave them. That worked out really well. Every 2 students paired up with a pediatric nurse to share the magic of the science kits. Then students helped the pediatric nurses make slime. It was very fun. A challenge at the PACE program was how to manage possibly up to 175 after school K-2 students. Students decided to do science stations so that students could rotate through the various science activity stations. Each station was manned by 1 or 2 of my students so they could direct and interact with the elementary school kids. They decided to have each grade come through for 30 minutes at time so the groups could be small and they could focus on the needs of each different age group. It was so fun to see my students take ownership and pride in helping others enjoy science--a very fun afternoon. What was fun also, was when students reflected they that of ways that they could do more in the community in the future. Several students talked of doing this year for Sheltering Wings (a women's shelter in our community) and extending to Riley Hospital. They truly felt like philanthropists which was inspiring.

Dive into a Great Book

Sandra - Seymour, Indiana - June 11, 2017
Total Volunteers:
34
Total Hours Served
355
After brainstorming for ideas, eighth grade students planned a 'kick off' to raise awareness and enthusiasm for younger readers in our building. Students used slogans to create posters, morning announcements, flyers, and brainstormed for a treat to attach to a motivational slogan for each students and teacher in the building. Students used math skills to determine how many packages were needed, assembled the treats and distributed to classrooms. They also designed door prize drawings, readers of the week contests, classrooms showing greatest reading progress of the week, and other fun activities to promote reading. Eighth grade students created book trailers using movie maker on their laptops and made these book 'commercials' available for viewing. Eighth graders also spent time working with reading skills of first and second graders in our building and developing relationships during the experience.

Save the World Project

landy - key biscayne, Florida - June 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
37
Total Hours Served
550
We read many books about what is happening to our oceans, drinking water, global warming, coral reefs, pollution, renewable energy, and much more. The students researched topics of interest and were required to create a board displaying their information. When their research and board were completed, we began creating a special performance for parents and classmates to raise awareness of what is happening to our Earth and how we can make a difference. The students created a play with special roles (experts, environmentalists, performers, and actors).

Propagule Planting

landy - key biscayne, Florida - June 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
37
Total Hours Served
370
The students learned about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and how they are in need of our help. We partnered with the Frost Science Museum and took care of mangrove seedlings (propagules). The children made sure that the water was clear and that they had sufficient sun. They also made observations once a week recording measurement and changes in their science journal. At the end of the school year, we went to the Batchelor Environmental Center to plant the propagules.

Rescue Mission Lunch Program

Midgi - Evansville, Indiana - June 9, 2017
Total Volunteers:
20
Total Hours Served
710
Alliance with our local Homeless Shelter to prep and serve lunch. I called the director to set up a day each week to visit the shelter with my students. She choose Tuesday's. The students came to my room at the end of 3rd or 4th period. We loaded the school bus to go to the shelter. The students were in charge of: rolling cutlery/napkins, some food prep, preparing trays of food, serving the residents/families, clean up, eating lunch with residents/families and fellowship. The students that wanted to visit the dessert fridge were free to take whatever food they/there family could use. We also visited the bread store on the premises for the same goal.

Crafts with Bickford Cottage Residents

shannon - crawfordsville, Indiana - June 8, 2017
Total Volunteers:
15
Total Hours Served
33
A new memory-loss housing facility has opened in Crawfordsville. It is called Bickford Cottage and is tough place to visit because all the patients suffer from some type of memory loss. One of our 8th grade member's grandmother is a resident. She wanted to do something for her grandmother and her friends. So we arranged a visit and tried to prepare our students. Luckily, the director of activities is a former student of mine and she was a huge help as we prepared. We made spring themed craft items and helped the residents install them on their doors. It was truly a moving experience for most of our students. We received many positive emails from parents thanking us for giving their kids this experience- and spurning interesting dinner conversation.

Cookies for Policemen

shannon - crawfordsville, Indiana - June 8, 2017
Total Volunteers:
8
Total Hours Served
15
Last year, we made cookies for firefighters because one of our student's father was a firefighter. This year, we made them for policemen because one of our member's father is a policeman :-)

HalfWay Home donation drive

shannon - crawfordsville, Indiana - June 8, 2017
Total Volunteers:
68
Total Hours Served
68
The Montgomery County HalfWay Home is a new addition to our county. A local attorney began a program for women who have fallen on hard times and need a bit of help to get back on their feet. The women must pass numerous drug tests and participate in a training for a trade. One of our members has an aunt who has graduated from the program. It was suggested we collect paper goods and canned food for the Home. As soon as we took in our new group of ATEAM members, this was introduced to our group.

Culinary food production

Shawn - Omaha, Nebraska - June 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
24
Total Hours Served
225
This project is to take the produce from Accelere fishery that is closed and provide food for the shelters.

Little Library for Literacy for shelters

Shawn - Omaha, Nebraska - June 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
24
Total Hours Served
25
A student driven project to have a Little Library drop off site to collect from donors books and magazines that will be donated to Open Door Mission.

SST Alamo clean up

Jennifer - San Antonio , Texas - June 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
34
Total Hours Served
34
Students brought brooms from home to help clean up the school's playground. Multch from the playground come out to the asfault and makes it very slippery which causes many falls... GenerationOn members swept it up, as well as did a trash clean up all around the campus.

New Braunfel's food pantry

Jennifer - San Antonio , Texas - June 7, 2017
Total Volunteers:
17
Total Hours Served
44
GenerationOn families were invited to visit, tour, and assist at the new braunfels food pantry for a few hours. Students refreshed donated items, reorganized can and pantry items, and cleaned shopping carts, menus and surrounding areas.

I Read

Sandra - Seymour, Indiana - June 5, 2017
Total Volunteers:
32
Total Hours Served
77
Eighth Grade English students brainstormed, created, and managed reading activities to assist with and encourage reading among all learners.

CANstruction Build Event @ Glenbrook Square Mall

Tia - Fort Wayne, Indiana - June 1, 2017
Total Volunteers:
44
Total Hours Served
1330
The club is selected during October. The club students are responsible for fundraising to purchase cans. They sponsor spirit weeks, talent show, and food drives. The class begins in January, and they complete a three phase project based learning service project. The first phase is getting ideas created around the competition theme. The second phase is taking the winning theme and working within the designated budget. The third phase is actually completing a practice build prior and creating instructions for the actual build day. The culminating event is a 12 hour build at Glenbrook Square Mall.

Celebrating Seniors & Healthy Living

Christina - Bronx, New York - June 1, 2017
Total Volunteers:
67
Total Hours Served
134
Using GenerationOn funds our program donated a variety of fitness supplies for continued classes such as yoga mats, dumbbells, medicine balls, excersise balls, AB wheels and push up bars along with 2 Wii Fitness games called Just Dance Summer Time Fun and Zumba Fitness World Party. Our dance/theatre instructor conducted Hip Hop, Yoga and Zumba classes using the fitness supplies donated and the event ended with a student performace. Our students and seniors were not only extremely engaged and grateful for the supplies donated but also grateful that they will be able to continue their classes because of the amount of supplies donated. This event provided lessons on different ways to maintain a healthy life while having fun at the same time.

Joy Maker

Christina - Bronx, New York - June 1, 2017
Total Volunteers:
231
Total Hours Served
11781
Our program decided to spread joy during the holiday season to 200+ low poverty students by distributing collected toys from Toys for Tots as well as toys donated by our staff. The students also received baked cookies that were made by senior and student volunteers who took their time to create and design the cookies from scratch. This event helped spread an enormous amount of joy to the underprivileged youth in the community and will definitely be held in the future.

NOTB (National organization for the blind) Luncheon

Dornica - Greenville , Mississippi - May 31, 2017
Total Volunteers:
56
Total Hours Served
560
serve food and clean up

lizzie w coleman program

Dornica - Greenville , Mississippi - May 31, 2017
Total Volunteers:
71
Total Hours Served
142
usher

school clean up

Dornica - Greenville , Mississippi - May 31, 2017
Total Volunteers:
3
Total Hours Served
30
clean up the classrooms as teachers requested

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