Coordinator: Stephanie Wesolowski
Rhonda Tasker, 2003, Southern Garrett High School, 301-334-9447,
Teddy Bear Drive for Dove Center
It was Christmastime and I was surrounded by a group of 10th and 11th grade students in my social studies class. We began discussing the needs in our community with regards to domestic violence and the impact it had on children. We decided to do a teddy bear drive to aid young children living in the Dove Center, a domestic abuse shelter. We also knew that the children are sometimes taken to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital for emergency room treatment. These children would benefit a great deal from the love of a teddy bear.
I teach middle school students how and why to do service-learning. I emphasize preparation and reflection (as well as action) to encourage students to find their own niche in service-learning. Each student serves with a certified organization in need that matches that student's interest.
Students must perform 40 hours of independent service in high school, so I serve as a resource to help students find service opportunities. I also teach the SSA class in which students perform a variety of projects including the middle school special education project, After-Prom project, canned food drives, community days with agencies, etc. I also coordinate the school-wide Blind Skier Guide Project that allows high school students to assist students from the Maryland School for the Blind on a ski trip.
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