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|Project Title: ||School Beautification|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Charlton Elementary - Dudley-Charlton Reg|
|Contact Name:||Carol Lewis|
|Content-Area(s):||Mathematics, Science & Technology|
|Community Need:||Community Development|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
A Connection with Math and Science was a project for a kindergarten class at Charlton Elementary School. As part of the school's preparation for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, teachers prepared "learning centers" for their students. One of the centers in Carol Lewis' room was the construction center. The teacher wanted to expand on this center by getting the students actively involved in learning about construction and doing something for the school community. Students, teachers, and parent volunteers participated in a building workshop at Home Depot followed by a building project back at the school. The students made planter boxes to be placed outside of the science area where the students could plant seeds and learn about the plant life cycle. The students were able to beautify the school with their planters.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The students were meeting the need of helping with school beautification. The students and teacher discussed what could be made for the school that would be a good contribution by the students while also helping them to learn new things.
|Service Component: |
The service component was the actual building. Ten hours were involved in the service project, while 30 hours went into the preparation. The whole school benefitted from the project. Charlton Elementary is a school of pre-K, Kindergarten, and grade 1. Not only could the students enjoy the planters, but the community could enjoy them as well.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
This project was connected to the mathematics frameworks, the science and technology frameworks, and even the ELA frameworks. The students studied measurement as part of their building project (standard K.M.2 from math framework). The students were also introduced to the early stages of the engineering process (technology/engineering-1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2).
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students can have their say in the project when it comes time to select what flowers are planted or what color the planters should be painted. Giving students some aesthetic responsibility can create a feeling of ownership of the project.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students wrote thank you letters to Home Depot. They included a sentence about the project and a picture.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Students, teachers, parent volunteers, and Home Depot.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The celebration of a job well done was the presentation of the planters to the school followed by a pizza party with the parent volunteers.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
The evaluation of the project took place as a feedback session with the coordinator and the building liaison.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The challenge was to involve enough parent volunteers to work with the students. Following the excitement of the Home Depot trip, this no longer became an issue. Parent volunteers eagerly assisted students to assemble their planters.
* 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.