Service Learning Project Ending Childhood HungerFall Semester – Service Learning Project for Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Indianapolis, IN
Students Research Facts4th and 5th grade students researched facts about childhood hunger in our community. They found out that students went to different locations in Indianapolis to receive meals during the summer. One of the places was the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.We established a partnership with their Sodexo employees.
Announcements and NewslettersA collaboration between students began bywriting and reading daily announcements onfacts about childhood hunger. Fifth gradersasked if they could work with the youngerstudents to read the announcements eachmorning. By the second week the students werewriting skits to say on the announcement tomake their research more interesting. Theywrote their own characters and used differentvoices. It was very effective.
The fourth grade students in Mrs. Campbell’s class wroteletters to mayoral candidates with their concerns aboutchildhood hunger in Indianapolis, IN.
Students Sorting And Counting Donated Food For Our Food Drive.Students collected, counted and sorted the daily donationsfrom each class. The student s then wrote announcementsabout the winning class. The announcements included factsabout the food pantry’s weekend back pack program.
Chef’s TableThe chefs were setting up their table for family night. Thisactivity was to teach children and parents how to make a quickand healthy meal.
Newsletters Weekly newsletter articles were published in the school’s newsletter. Mrs. Becker wrote blogs based on what the students were doing for our project to end childhood hunger by 2015. Families were asked to go to nokidhungry.org and take the pledge. Students, staff and parents discussed ideas about bringing awareness to childhood hunger and what individuals and families could do to help.
Let’s Do SomethingStudents decided to write letters and create artprojects to bring awareness to ChildhoodHunger in our area. No only would this givestudent the chance to present ideas but it wouldalso advertise our FOOD DRIVE for Gleaner’sFood Bank.
SecondGradersThis second grade class wroteletters to the mayor with theirideas about how to end childhoodhunger.This class had a great solutionwhich we used at Family Night.The class discussed having a bakesale and a lemonade stand.The students and their parentsbaked and donated cookies.Students set up the bake sale andlemonade stand. The madeposters, covered the tables tomake it look very inviting. Theypriced everything and had to keepa cash box that night.Students also madeannouncements through out thenight and offered special prices atthe end of family night.
Food DriveMaking posters for the food Student Driven drive Students made posters to advertise the food drive They added information about the weekend backpack program which provides meals to students for the week end to ensure they have meals at home.
Chefs from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Sodexo employees from The Indianapolis Children’s Museum are ready to teach families how to prepare an easy and simple meal.
Great American Bake Sale andLemonade Stand Students are setting up to sell donated bake goods and lemonade at Family Night. All proceeds went to Hunger Inc. – a local food pantry.
Facts about childhood hunger wereposted. After reading facts about childhood hunger on the announcements, they were posted in the main hallway of school.
Getting Food Ready To Serve A Meal On Family Night With over 45 volunteers and 250 participants Family Night at Douglas was a great success.
Family NightMark Smith, a local dance studio owner, is teachingdances on family night. Students and their parentswere learning how to do the swing.
Facts on Childhood HungerMore than 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. More than 17 million of those affected are children.
Children who struggle with hungerare sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
They are more likely to experienceheadaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue.
Hands Are Washed AndGloved Waiting ForCustomers. Students are showing the gloves they are wearing when working with food.
Students setting up for the bake sale for family night
Community VolunteersCommunity volunteers also brought theirown families to help out with our project.
Facts We Learned About Childhood Hunger1. Hunger impedes our childrens’ ability to learn and perform academically2. Undernourished children under the age of 3 cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.3. Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
What We KnowUndernourished children under the age of 3 cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.Children who don’t get enough nutritious food are more susceptible to the negative effects of skipping breakfast on their ability to think and learn.Hunger predisposes our children to emotional and behavioral difficulties.
More FactsHunger predisposes our children to emotional and behavioral difficulties.Hunger impedes our childrens’ ability to learn and perform academically.Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.
HUNGER IMPEDES OUR CHILDRENS’ ABILITY TO LEARN AND PERFORM ACADEMICALLY.Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food have more behavioral, emotional and academic problems and tend to be more aggressive and anxious.Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.
Volunteers ArePresentedWith ThankYou Gifts Volunteers from Citizens Energy are presented with thank you gifts for volunteering for our service learning project.
Wrap Upo Students from each class collected, o A second food drive and fund counted and sorted cans daily. raiser was organized for Hunger’so Students wrote and read daily Inc. announcements about the food o Over $300.00 and 12 boxes of food drive. was collected for Hunger’s Inc. ato First place winners received a pizza our Family Night. party o Students wrote thank you noteso Students organized family night and decorated Christmas Stockings through committee meetings to give to volunteers who workedo 1,500 pound of food was collected at family night. for Gleaner’s Food Pantry. o Everyone at Douglas McArthur learned they can make a difference to end childhood hunger. o Families learned healthy recipes and activities.
What The Future Holds• A community garden will be planted in the spring.• Special education students, English language learners, and student council will begin planting vegetables and herbs in January with indoor grow lights.• Community members and parents will help establish an after school garden club.• A collaboration with the Chin and Hispanic community is being discussed to establish a partnership with their existing community gardens.• A spring or summer family night is being discussed to harvest the community garden and create recipes from the produce.• A field trip to Gleaner’s Food Bank is being planned to show students more about the weekend backpack program.
DEDICATION• What can make 15 teachers, PTA presidents and 5 PTA members, 12 Student Council parents, 16 students, 17 community members, 8 teachers’ relatives and one assistant principal come together for one night. Service Learning! Our staff, parents, community members, family members, and students worked together to raise awareness to end childhood hunger.• Service learning involves teaching the state standards while doing community service. The project has an outline but, is student driven. Students are able to learn about their community, bringing awareness to issues, such as childhood hunger and work together to create solutions.• Douglas MacArthur has done service learning projects for the past 4 years. Each year more and more students, staff and parents get involved to create a better community.