Greenhouse Environmental ProjectStudents were responsible for grant writing, site planning, coordination with Lowe’s, and construction of our school greenhouse. The greenhouse will be used to house our wetland nursery for which we have partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
In 8th grade Family and Consumer Science, we create a rag blanket. Students sew squares of fabric and batting together. These panels are then sewn together and fringed to create the blanket. The finished blanket is donated to Carroll County Project Linus.
Cutest Pet ContestStudents at Sykesville Middle School participate in a project that has become an annual event, The Cutest Pet Contest. This project raises money for the Humane Society. Students collect 60-70 pictures of pets from students within the school. The pictures are displayed during lunch shifts and students get to vote for their favorite pets by putting money in the plastic container under the picture of their favorite pet. Many parents visit the school during the week to see the animal pictures, but also to vote on their favorite pet. The funds raised by the project are used to help animal related causes.
Francis Scott Key's service-learning program offers varied activities including infused activities, club organization activities, and school wide activities.
2000: Gateway School was named a National Service-Learning Leader School by the Corporation for National Service. Gateway School initiated "Gateway Seminar", a course that teaches citizenship, social skills, and charachter education through service-learning experiences. Students begin and end the day with their "Seminar" class working on projects that they develop, such as adopting families for neighbors in need, canned food drives, raising Bay grasses, etc. Students are involved in planning, executing, and reflecting on their service experiences. This school-wide initiative has positively impacted the culture of Gateway School.
1998: I continue to coordinate service-learning for our school, an alternative school for at-risk youth. We strive to include service-learning in most classes. Our primary projects are visits to the Deerfield Senior Daycare by our middle schoolers, Tolerance study in English I, and environmental studies and projects in science classes.
1996: English I classes are doing a replication site project on tolerance. We have a partnership with the special education students at Robert Moton elementary. We've made crayon caddies for them. We'll visit them to read to them, and to write stories for them. Also, students visit Deerfield Senior Center.
Summer Service CampIn June of 2000, Carroll County Maryland Public Schools and the Westminster, Maryland Department of Recreation teamed together to sponsor a two week service camp involving middle and high school youth. The students participated in leadership training and service at various sites in the morning and early afternoon and then served as CIT's (counselors in training) with younger students in the day camp program in the afternoon. Preparation, action and reflection were emphasized with service at five local CBO's involving direct and indirect food programs, elderly populations, and local and internationally poverty relief.
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