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|Project Title: ||Sports Clinic|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Greenfield High - Greenfield|
|Contact Name:||Lisa Moore|
|Grades:||9, 10, 11, 12|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The idea for a Youth Sports Clinic was discussed in the Greenfield High School Community Service Learning Class. Service learners for this project aspired to involve GHS athletes with younger children, which would in turn raise their interest in our sports teams. For consecutive Fridays the class met and went through all of the planning for this event. It took place on Saturday May 20th at Vets Memorial Field. Children in Greenfield Public Schools, grades K-5, had the opportunity to participate in softball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, football, cheerleading, soccer, field hockey, basketball, golf, and track and field. Each student also received healthy snacks and a complimentary t-shirt. Planning for this event included: advertising, developing a map and strategy for clinic participation, equipment management, as well as teaching age appropriate skills and drills.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
A few years ago the budget in Greenfield was cut eliminating physical education at the elementary level. The affect of this is starting to now be felt in the middle school level, as students are not participating in after school sports. The students thought that running a sports clinic would help to bridge the gap between high school sports and elementary school activities.
|Service Component: |
The students planned all aspects of the event. Planning time accured twelve hours while the event was three hours in length. Fifty-five youth were signed up for the event but due to the rainy spring our clinic was held on its raindate with forty youth in attendance. The response from the community has been overwhelming. Parents and teachers alike could not get over the maturity they witnessed as they watched our high school students teach drills to a variety of ages and ability levels. Parents and our youth volunteers have both expressed interest in continuing the clinic and increasing its frequency to three times a year.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Greenfield High School students created the Green Wave Youth Sports day. Students wrote press releases, flyers, and registration packets (English Composition standard 20.5: use different levels of formality, style, and tone when composing for different audiences). During the planning and implementation of Green Wave Youth Sports day students used skills from Physical Health standards 2.18: demonstrate activities for warming up and cooling down, 2.19:
apply concepts of motor learning and biomechanics, 2.26: applying safe practices, procedures, and sportsmanship etiquette in physical activity settings. In the reflective
piece, students prepared an oral presentation( English standard 3.12: give oral presentations to different audiences for various purposes, showing appropriate changes in delivery), and presented at student athletic council, a faculty meeting, and a televised school committee meeting.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students at Greenfield High School were actively involved with assessing the school-community need and effectively organized a service-learning project, the Youth Sports Clinic, that gave them the power to address a community need that was posing serious threat to their own after school sport’s programs.
|Student Reflection Component: |
The students constantly reflected during their planning process to see if what they were planning was feasable and if youth would enjoy it. There were many questions regarding what the students could and could not do with the youth. For example one student asked if he was allowed to pick up youth to allow them to dunk the ball. This type of inquiry led to many excellent discussions during class about safety and appropriateness of working with youth. At the completion of the project the students filled out evaluation forms, which have already helped us in planning a clinic in the fall. The reflection continued as the students presented their project to the GHS staff and school committee.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Greenfield High School, Greenfield youth and citizens
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
As stakeholders reached milestones (approval for use of the facility, a new community partner jumping on board, completion of publicity), we had mini celebrations such as a special breakfast, music, recognition for a job well done. Our big celebration was actually during the project itself, as our high school students had as much fun as the elementary school students and they enjoyed popcorn, juice, popsicles, a group photo shoot, and a good deal of praise from parents who attended.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
Throughout the planning process students constantly self-evaluated their projects. There was not a formal assessment because this is a volunteer class and not graded. During the event, teachers were present to provide informal assessments as needed. Although student’s self-evaluation in this service-learning project enhanced their learning experience, further measurement of the project’s impact might have included an assessment through student led discussions of youth and parent participants, community volunteers at the event, and faculty involved with this project.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The weather proved to be the biggest challege during this service-learning activity. A very rainy spring made planning outdoor activities difficult . We had to postponed our original date, only to have it rain on the raindate as well! In addition to the weather the press (radio,paper or t.v.) did not attend or widely publicize our event. Although the students found that disheartening, the response of the children who attended was excellent, and the students are looking into creative avenues for publicity.
* 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.