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    Re: Service Club Ideas
    By fourselfs

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    Our school is part of a service learning program. We receive grant money to fund these learning experience. First let me explain how this grant program works. You take a subject you would typically learn about on your grade level and add a hands-on community spin to it. Some of the things our school has done are:

    Year before last: Kindergarten was learning about different countries around the world. One of the teachers learned of a school in Guatamala that was in desparate need of school supplies. The K-kids made cute boxes to put around the different campuses and around town for people to donate school supplies. They put on a cute program to encourage all the kids to donate things to the boxes. They sent supplies to Guatamala three different times.

    2nd grade - plant unit - we did a unit on plants and each child planted a tulip and a few extra. We have a lonetime teacher who has MS and so we took the 8 extra pots that we had and raffled them off. The money we raised went to the MS Foundation. We sold the tickets for a dollar a piece, but people would give the kids $20's, $10's and so on just because the wanted to. It was a powerful lesson in community spirit. In 4 days we collect $1200 for our tulip raffel. As a finale to our project we participated in a walk-a-thon for MS and presented our check to the foundation.

    4th graders - writing - wrote letters to senior citizens in our community for about 5 months - then invited them to a luncheon in the classroom at the end of school.

    Kindergarten last year - Alex's Lemonade Stand. I am not sure how they use this for teaching but it is such a great cause. So I don't have to explain it all I will put the website
    It is such a touching story that when I read the book to my students in 3rd I cried.

    3rd grade - plants and insects. This last year we did a unit on the connections between plants and insects. We focused on native plants and butterflies. We grew plants that would feed the caterpillars and then plants that would attract the butterflies onced they emerged. One of our banks had torn down an old building and was creating a small garden in its place and we asked to part of this project. We took our plants and created a community butterfly garden for everyone to enjoy. It made the students so proud to have put something out in the community that everyone could enjoy and that they knew so much about. A geniun learning experience.

    These are just a few of the things that our school has done. I have a book at school that has tons of ideas in it. I will try and get it and post the name of the book for you.

    Good luck.

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