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|Project Title: ||Project Sticker Shock|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Salem Academy Charter School - Salem Academy Charter (District)|
|Contact Name:||Rachel Hunt|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 744-2105|
|Community Need:||Community Development, Education|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Salem Academy students teamed up with the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities, the Salem Police, and local liquor stores to raise community awareness about underage drinking. Students became interested in drug use and abuse by minors and did research to investigate how they could make an impact. Students invited a representative from the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities and from the Salem Police Department to come and speak with them. They then found out that the “gateway” drugs for students their age were cigarettes and alcohol. They narrowed the scope of their studies and decided to participate in Project Sticker Shock, a program they had learned about through Healthy Communities. They worked together with the Salem Police to launch the first ever Sticker Shock campaign two years ago. Salem has continued to carry out Project Sticker Shock with the help of our students. This year’s grant helped to fund student research on drinking and their planning and carrying out of Project Sticker Shock.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students addressed the need for more awareness about teen drinking and the dangers (and consequences) of buying alcohol for minors. Students originally became interested in the topic two years ago when they learned that a local baseball player from Peabody who had signed with a major league team was addicted to narcotics. The students studied drug addiction, reading news articles and texts and inviting Sally Maninen of the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities as well as Jim Paige from the Salem Police to come and talk with them. They eventually narrowed the scope of their research after learning that cigarettes and alcohol were the “gateway” drugs that were most commonly used by students their age. They then decided that they wanted to carry out Project Sticker Shock in Salem.
|Service Component: |
Students first solicited the cooperation of the Salem Police in order to begin their campaign. They were later successful in convincing every liquor store in Salem to agree to put up posters and to have students place bright orange stickers which warn about the consequences of purchasing alcohol for minors on six-packs of beer, wine coolers and other drinks that are appealing to young people. The students then implemented the first ever Sticker Shock campaign in Massachusetts based on a project that began in a town in Pennsylvania. The campaign eventually went statewide as it later did in Maine. Salem Academy students launched the project in Salem in 2005.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Salem Academy benchmarks addressed:
• Students will be able to identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations.
• Students will formulate and pose new questions and hypotheses which further their learning process and assimilation of information.
• Students will be able to conduct scientific research by critically reading and discussing a
wide range of scientific texts and/or making scientific observations.
• Students will be able to make observations and generate evidence to support an idea.
• Students will be able to organize facts and information.
Students used scientific investigation skills to research the effects of drinking and drug use on people. They also explored statistics on use of drugs and alcohol on students their age. They invited speakers to come in to answer their questions and provide them with specific expertise (including detectives from the Salem Police Department). They created posters exhibiting their findings which they posted around the school to raise awareness. Students completed assessments at the beginning and at the end of the project to show what they learned.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students had opportunities to use their voices throughout the project. Student decision-making and leadership is key to all service projects. At the outset of Project Sticker Shock, student decided that they wanted to do the campaign for their project after exploring various alternatives and speaking with experts in the field. Upon making this decision, their roles became more specific. For each step of the implementation, students were broken into groups by interest to help accomplish tasks and move the project forward. Each group had team leaders who helped to ensure that the group stayed on task and accomplished what they needed to.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students routinely write reflections on their work. Each student wrote journal reflections, made posters which shared what they learned, and had group discussions on their project.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Salem Academy worked initially with the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities to identify their service project and have continued to work with the Salem Police to implement Project Sticker Shock.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
Students participated in the Youth Service Appreciation Brunch to celebrate the work they had accomplished. Local officials attended, including our mayor, city councilor, and state representative, in addition to our service partners. Students also presented their work to the entire First Form at Salem Academy (grades 6 and 7) at the end of the year. They celebrated their work together in a small group at the conclusion of the project.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Salem Academy students have been pleased with the impact of their original project in 2005. The City of Salem continued the project the following year independently of Salem Academy and our students wanted to continue it again this year along with studies on drug and alcohol use among teenagers. In addition to feedback from the city, students could evaluate the impact of the project by researching whether there had been a decline in underaged drinking or smoking.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The biggest challenges in service learning at Salem Academy have occurred due to the scale of the model. Because every teacher and student participates in service-learning projects, we find that levels of teacher comfort with implementing projects and student interest varies dramatically. We hope to increase teacher comfort over time, especially in their ability to set students up to take leadership roles. For service-learning to be most effective, students need to be able to work in groups.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.