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|Project Title: ||Promoting Kindness to Animals|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Normandin Middle School - New Bedford|
|Contact Name:||Kerrie Annichiarico|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, Science & Technology|
|Community Need:||Animal Care|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
All 105 students in a grade seven pod joined together to work on this project. This program empowered students and teachers to encourage other people in our community to treat animals with kindness. The great thing about this project was that we also were working on another CSL project called the Green Team, which went hand in hand with each other. In the beginning of the school year we had a Vet, Dr. Jayaram, from Cape Way Veterinarian Hospital come in and discuss the importance of treating animals with love and kindness. The students learned many things about how to treat their own animals, what goes on in puppy mills, and what the process would be if they wanted to adopt an animal as well. In class, we researched information on the web about Promoting Kindness to Animals and wrote poems and essays about the topic. During our research, students found an animal shelter that was excited to hear about what we were doing for our CSL project. Our students had a bake sale to raise money for that shelter, which was very successful. The students also brought in extra blankets, sheets, towels, and other materials that could be donated to the shelter. The students loved doing this project and took the topic of Promoting Kindness to Animals very seriously. Animals are a huge part of our environment and our lives, so the more we educate our children about how animals should be treated and cared for the more likely kindness will be brought into the community of New Bedford.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The students identified and addressed the need for more kindness to animals in our community through brainstorming activities. The students’ goal was to not only raise money for an animal shelter in New Bedford and donate materials that will help the shelter tremendously, but also give back their knowledge of what they have learned to the community.
|Service Component: |
The service that our students provided to the community was donating materials and money to a local shelter. The students spent approximately 10 -15 hours in school and outside of school working on this community service project and serving the community of New Bedford. Who was helped the most in this project were the animals at the shelter in which our students donated to and also the students themselves. Our students felt so great about having the opportunity to raise money all on their own and donate it to such a great cause that the impact was incalculable.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The following standards were addressed through this project: Language Arts Learning Standards LS19.15 - Write poems using poetic techniques (alliteration, onomatopoeia), figurative language (simile, metaphor), and graphic elements (capital letters, line length).
LS19.17 - Write a short explanation of a process that includes a topic statement, supporting details, and a conclusion.
Science Learning StandardsLiving Things and Their Environment-Ecology
LS6. People and other animals interact with the environment through their senses.
LS7. Animals and plants go through changes in appearance as the season change.
LS8. An organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
The students in our pod definitely had the opportunity to make their own decisions during the CSL project. Both my partner and I encouraged ideas on what they could do for Promoting Kindness to Animals, but the students developed the idea to raise money for a local shelter and they also formulated the idea to donate old blankets, sheets, towels, and other materials to help out the shelter as well.
|Student Reflection Component: |
At the end of the project we had the students write a brief description about their thoughts and feelings about Promoting Kindness to Animals. The writing assignment only had to be one to two paragraphs long and they had to write about whether or not they liked the project, why or why not, would they do the project again, what did they learn or take away from the project, and what was their favorite part of the whole project. After reading some of the responses from our students I could tell they enjoyed doing this project immensely and really were passionate about treating animals with kindness.
|Community Partners Involved: |
We worked with two different people or organizations on this project. One was a local Veterinarian named Dr. Jayaram and the other organization we worked with was a local shelter. Both of the organizations we worked with were very helpful, but for the most part we did all the planning for the project. We asked the Veterinarian to come in and give a short presentation on Promoting Kindness to Animals, which was great. She worked with our students on that particular day, but not throughout the whole project. The people who worked at the shelter could not come in and speak to our students unfortunately, but we were in contact with them many times to make sure the materials and money that were donated got there safe and were being used.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
All of the district’s CSL projects were highlighted at the Annual CSL Celebration that took place on June 13. Over 170 students, teachers, administrators, and community members enjoyed breakfast and student presentations. All CSL projects were displayed and viewed by the guests. Our students created and presented a PowerPoint Presentation for the celebration.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
The steps we took to evaluate the impact of our project was to have the students write a short paragraph or two describing whether or not they enjoyed the project and what they learned throughout the project. We also completed the Making Knowledge Productive surveys.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
This project was extremely pleasurable to do and I believe the students really got into it because of the topic we did it on. Many students are very passionate about animals and truly want to help animals in any way they can. The only challenges I saw with the project was creating the time to make it all happen. There are so many commitments and requirements we teachers and the students are involved in, that it made it difficult to get the work after school and during class completed. Time is always an issue, but I think we worked around that challenge nicely.
* 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.