We will update often so come back to see what new service-learning projects Lead Peace members will be doing!
Upcoming Service-Learning Projects, 2010
Students folded origami cranes as a sign of solidarity with the people of Japan who were affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. Each crane will be matched by a two dollar donation by partnering organizations. The goal is to get over 100,000 origami cranes.
Previous Service-Learning Projects, 2010
Each Lead Peace group has been independently working on and implementing various service-learning projects in the school and community. Examples include, but are not limited to food drives, sending well-wishes to those affected by the Japanese earthquake, and creating anti-bullying documentaries.
Using their community mapping tree diagrams, students began working on various service-learning projects in the school and community. Examples include, but are not limited to food drives, sending well-wishes to those affected by the Japanese earthquake, and creating anti-bullying documentaries.
Students created a tree diagram of a community issue. The structure of each tree varied a bit, but for the most part, the students wrote the main issue in the trunk of the tree while the roots were the underlying causes, and the branches were the consequences of the issue. Some groups also added possible resources for helping with the problem and possible solutions to the main issue.
The students returned to the younger grade classrooms which they had visited earlier in the year. There, the students helped the younger students make seasonal arts and crafts such as a reindeer, a mouse, and/or snowflakes. Click here to see photos from all of the Lead Peacers visits to the younger grades.
Lead Peacers wrote "Just Because" poems that showed how individuals can be more complicated than they appear on the outside. I.e. you can not always judge a book by its cover.
Students used optical illusions to understand the concept of differing perspectives, i.e. that there is often more than one way to interpret an event, behavior, or scenario.
Each student created their very own snow globe which shows how having too many things going on (shaking up the snow globe and having all the "snow" float around) can get in the way of thinking clearly. Sometimes, it is a good idea to relax and clear your mind of "snow."
Field Trip to Feed My Starving Children: about sixty seventh graders went to Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and help pack 23,544 meals for starving children around the world. That is enough meals to feed 65 children one meal a day for an entire year! Click here for some great photos of the trip!
Each Lead Peace group went into a younger grade classroom for one day twice a week to work with the students on an activity that the Lead Peace group decided upon. Examples include: games, reading to the students, color-by-number, math and sound bingo, and many more.
Students examined current events happening in their community and in Minnesota as a whole. They could then either write letters concerning the impending closing of North High School or write to families who were affected by the flooding in Southern Minnesota.
Collage Nametags: Students created personalized nametags using clippings from magazines and other publications. Each clipping symbolized something about the student such as their likes/dislikes, hobbies, hopes for the future, mottos, etc.
Self-Portrait Box: Students, once again, used magazine clippings to represent themselves, but instead of making nametags, students created a self-portrait box. On the outside of the box were things that people could see about the students just from looking at them or interacting with them for a limited amount of time while the inside had clippings that symbolized things about the students that few people knew, things that you would have to take time to learn about the individual.
Each group of eight students created a Fante flag, or, in other words, a flag that represented both their group and symbolized what they thought "peace" looked like. Preparations are being made to hang the flags in the school's cafeteria. Click here for more information about Fante flags.
Past Year's Service-Learning Projects, 2009
Field Trip to Feed My Starving Children: Fifty sixth graders at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School went to Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids, Minnesota and helped pack more than 12,000 meals.
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