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|Project Title: ||Iraq Study and Support Group|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Hampshire Educational Collaborative - Hampshire Educational Collaborative|
|Contact Name:||Linda Enerson|
|Contact Phone:||(413) 586-4900|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences, Mathematics|
|Grades:||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11|
|Community Need:||Veteran’s Affairs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students learned about the history of the Iraq war, communicated with soldiers in Iraq through email and letters, and raised money to purchase items requested by soldiers.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The community need identified by the students was that soldiers in Iraq are making a tremendous sacrifice and need support and recognition of people in their country. The Skatethon raised community awareness about the soldier's plight as well as funds to purchase items they requested.
|Service Component: |
Services provided by students included: volunteering at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to get a better sense of what services and support soldiers need after being in combat situations, and organizing a Skatethon fundraiser to raise money for the soldiers.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
ELA: Language, General standard: 1: Discussion; 2: Questioning ; and 2.1 Listening
History and Social Sciences: Contemporary America; US II.32
Western Asia, WA. 2 WA.4
Math: Number sense and operations, 2.n.10
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Youth made decisions about plans for the Skatethon fundraiser (when, how to promote the event, decorations) as well as the celebration party held that same day (what food, who would be invited).
|Student Reflection Component: |
The project was set up in a series of study groups about the war in each classroom. After learning about Iraq, and volunteering in the VA, students discussed their thoughts and feelings about the war, and the differences in opinion across the country about the war. These reflections motivated the students even more to develop and organize the Skatethon.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The Veteran's Administration was a new partner formed through this project, helping students connect with soldiers overseas, and setting up time for the students to volunteer.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The students had a pizza party at the Skatethon in which they celebrated their efforts. They raised $300 which was used to buy requested items and distributed to soldiers throught the VA.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Students might have evaluated the project by asking the veterans to whom they sent supplies for feedback on the impact those supplies had on them. In addition, students could measure whether the community was now more aware about the issues facing US soldiers in Iraq and their needs.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
* 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.