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|Project Title: ||Pennies to Preserve the Past|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||Dudley Elementary - Dudley-Charlton Reg|
|Contact Name:||Louise Williams and Margaret Macuga|
|Content-Area(s):||History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Community Development, (Historical Preservation)|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
"Pennies Preserving our Past" was a third grade project connecting students from Dudley Elementary School with the Dudley Historical Society---and, more specifically, with the Black Tavern in Dudley, Massachusetts. The students, as part of the third grade curriculum in social studies, study Massachusetts’ history and local history. The students studied the history of the town and learned the significance of the Black Tavern. They undertook a project to collect pennies to preserve the past. The Tavern is in need of restoration and the students collected over $2,000.00 to repair the floor of the building. The students and their teachers had a tour of the Tavern given by members of the Historical Society. They learned about the building and life in its time period. The students presented the Historical Society with a check at a special senior citizen concert given at the school.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The need that students addressed was the preservation of the Black Tavern and the need for awareness and funding of this project. The students identified this need through their study of historical buildings in the town.
|Service Component: |
The service provided was a fund drive to collect the coins. This took place over a five month period. The additional service was the public awareness students brought to this endeavor. The entire third grade was involved with the project, which spread to the entire school and also to the community. Countless hours were involved in the fund drive, the public relations, and the preparation for the concert.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
This project was connected to the History and Social Studies Framework, specifically standards 3.9, (“Identify historic buildings, monuments, or sites in the area and explain their purpose and significance”) and 3.12, (“Explain how objects or artifacts of everyday life in the past tell us how ordinary people lived and how everyday life has changed. Draw on the services of the local historical society and local museums as needed.”) Students learned about a specific time period in history. They observed local historic artifacts and sites that generated questions about function, construction, and significance. Students drew pictures of the historic artifacts they observed at the Black Tavern. Students were assessed on their learning through a project-based rubric.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Youth voice can be incorporated in this project by inducting students as "volunteer docents" at the Historical Society or the Black Tavern. Students could lead other classrooms through the Black Tavern and show off what they've learned in their project.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Following the trip to the Black Tavern all the students completed a reflection. The two questions posed were:
1.) What part of your trip to the Black Tavern Historical buildings did you find most interesting?
2.) Now that the Dudley Elementary School has completed our project, “Pennies Preserving Our Past”, do you think it is important for the youth of our community to help raise funds to help preserve our past? Explain your answer.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Dudley Historical Society and Black Tavern, Dudley, MA
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
: The celebration for the event consisted of a senior citizen concert at which the students presented their check to the Historical Commission Board.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Students and teachers discussed how the project could be improved upon for future third graders.
|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.