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|Project Title: ||CSL Internship Program|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Whitman Hanson Regional - Whitman-Hanson|
|Contact Name:||Georgia Clancy|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Various Needs Addressed|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
100 students participated in 5,212 hours and 13 minutes of unpaid internships at community businesses, agencies, and schools. Along with internships, students participated in service learning projects. Students were instructed using the Giraffe Heroes Program which included a pre-course and post-course questionnaire. The class chose issues that they wanted to change in their school, community, and world and then completed projects in groups on what they really cared about. Students did research, oral presentations and displays, reflection papers and reflection essays and journal writing.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Unpaid internships throughout our school district (teacher’s aides), in hospitals, court house, newspapers, YMCA, DA’s Office, State House, nursing and rehab centers, police stations, etc. CSL Projects: Hunger, Homelessness, Abuse, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Anti-bullying. 100 students were asked through a survey to come up with 3 issues that they would like to change in their school, world, and community. Group projects were then brainstormed and imbedded into the curriculum. Research, classroom lessons, and guest speakers taught class about the issues.
|Service Component: |
·Raised $1,127,97 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while educating the students in the high school about the disease. PSA’s on high school’s daily television newscasts
·Helped at the CSL Learning Fair for the community, which raised $930 for the Food pantries. (after researching homelessness and hunger)
·Educated the community on Anti-bullying after researching bullying and being taught the “Don’t Laugh at Me” curriculum
·Put on an anti-bullying skit for the entire 8th grade and at the Learning Fair
·Participated in Anti-Violence Week raising awareness to bullying and abuse
·Took a stand on the Brockton Court House Steps to raise awareness in a public way to domestic violence and sexual assault
·Made a felt quilt for the ceremony for WomansPlace Crisis Center with our messages of hope, love, and support. Raised money for their shelter
·Organized teams for the Walk for Hunger—raised over $900
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Students are assessed at their internships by the employer using the MA WorkBased Learning Plan. (SCANS skills)
Learning through experiences in real contexts. Lifelong learning—thinking and communicating and applying knowledge, working and contributing (Ch. 2 of Frameworks) using arts to explore and express ideas, feelings and beliefs (reflective journal writing, skits, etc.).
Students take on increased responsibility for their own learning and their direction. Ch. 3 & 4 of the Common Chapters. Three foundation skills: Basic skills, Thinking skills, and Personal Qualities are all addressed.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students were able to issue pre-surveys to gain an understanding of the needs warrented in their community. As a result, they were able to assess the community needs and apply those they felt were nearest to their own leaderhsip and learning potential. This allowed for the array of community partners for the service project as a whole.
|Student Reflection Component: |
An excerpt from a student refelction:
Jeannie: “This class has opened my eyes to many things. I feel more aware of my surroundings and have an increased sense of appreciation. I find it easier to see others points of view and feel more positive about the world. This class has given me the opportunity to see many great people working together to make a difference and has inspired me to do the same.”
|Community Partners Involved: |
hospitals, court house, newspapers, YMCA, DA’s Office, State House, nursing and rehab centers, police stations
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
CSL Learning Fair: Entire district (8) schools celebrate their successful projects at a Soup Bowl Supper (benefits our food pantries) in April. CSL students display their boards, put on a skit, and help put with the evening for the community. CSL Appreciation Ceremony for Mentors and Students: Certificates for students and mentors, A PowerPoint of students doing projects set to music, Administration invited as well as parents, 100 hours or more—awards given (14 this year), Presidential Freedom Scholarship—two winners, Mentors Praising Program
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
All projects are on our CSL Website:
Numerous thank you letters and awards. Awards this year:
·The Commonwealth of MA, House of Representatives: in recognition of the many achievements of your Community Service Learning Program, your outstanding dedication to the students of WHRHS, and being named a leader in preparing our youth for tomorrow’s workforce.
·2005 Workforce Champion Award from the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board
·CSL Regional Showcase Exhibit: The high school’s Anti-Violence Week Project.
·Evaluated at state and national CSL conferences.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Every year is different with students selecting different projects and internships. Takes time, effort, and dedication. CSL Coordinator must be given time to do this in his/her 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.