The big project I’m trying with my students this year is the School Community Service Project. I’ve been using a variety of resources to guide my students in understanding community service and choosing projects of their own to do at school. Some students are working independently, some have formed teams in class, and some are even recruiting other students at school to help. It’s a challenge keeping up with the different projects, but it has been worth it to let go of some control and let the kids take charge of their ideas and goals.
Some of the kids need supplies for their projects. I have money in a fundraiser account so I decided to allow the kids to apply for money to pay for their projects. I created a grant form for the kids to fill out. Any group that needs supplies has to research the supplies, find out where I can purchase them, and how much they cost. It’s not too difficult and luckily I have had enough funds to approve everyone’s grants. Some of the items purchased are soil, succulent plants, chess, and checkers. Following is a link to the grant template: GrantAppTemplate
Here is a list of some of the projects the kids are working on:
Flowers for Kids Going Through Tough Times
How to Behave at Lunch Commercials
Fitness Fun Club
Chess and Checkers Club
All of the projects required students to ask for permission from teachers and administrators. In some cases, students have had to rework their ideas until they figured out something that would work. By May, all groups will be implementing their projects and we’ll be closer to celebrating their accomplishments at the end of the school year.