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|Project Title: ||One Light, One Degree|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Holten Richmond Middle School - Danvers|
|Contact Name:||Ellyn Feerick|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 774-8590|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts|
|Community Need:||Environment, Human Needs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students studied the interconnectedness of global issues, including poverty, education, health, and environment. Through readings, discussions, activities, and simulations, students began to understand the imbalance of resources and opportunities in the world, and the impact of heavy resource consumption of the developed world and its impact upon the developing world. They learned about their own ecological footprints and how to reduce them, and compared their footprints to those of their peers in other parts of the world.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
The overall community need is sustainability. Through their service, students were making the world more sustainable for future generations. They identified the community need based on their learning in class.
|Service Component: |
This is the second year of the unit, and the service component has been different each year. In 2006, students held a large yard sale. They selected a yard sale because it promoted reuse and recycling of resources. In 2007, students identified climate change as the focus of their service project. Students nominated various projects that could have an impact on climate change, and voted for their choice. The project they selected, ¡§One Light, One Degree,¡¨ was a pledge drive. Students obtained pledges from individuals who were willing to switch one incandescent light bulb to a compact fluorescent light (CFL) and to turn their home thermostats down one degree in winter/up one degree in summer. Prior to kicking off the pledge drive, students researched climate change, the energy and financial savings of taking this pledge, and the safe handling and disposal of the CFLs, and created fact sheets with this information in order to educate those who signed up for the pledge. A total of 742 people signed our pledge, which is the equivalent of over 750,000 pounds of carbon dioxide kept out of the atmosphere per year.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
Most curricular connections are embedded in English language arts in the initial phase of the unit, in which students learn about global issues. Students are required to read non-fiction texts, demonstrate their comprehension in writing and orally, write persuasive letters, complete reflective journal entries, engage in group discussion, and complete a research project. Standards addressed include:
„X 1.3: Apply understanding of agreed-upon rules and individual roles in order to make decisions
„X 3.8: Give oral presentations for various purposes, showing appropriate changes in delivery and using language for dramatic effect
„X 4.17: Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words using context clues
„X 8.21: Recognize organizational structures of informational and expository texts
„X 8.22: Identify and analyze main ideas, supporting ideas, and supporting details
„X 24.3: Apply steps for obtaining information from a variety of sources, organizing information, documenting sources, and presenting research in individual and group projects
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
In year one of the project, students determined where the proceeds from the yard sale would be donated. In year two, students determined what issue they wanted to address, and how to do so.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students had a journal for the unit in which they recorded their reflections. Reflections were generally responses to specific prompts that were given following class activities.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The Sylvania corporation donated materials to assist with the ¡§One Light, One Degree¡¨ project.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The celebration for the 2007 project coincided with our end of the year celebration. This is where students learned the final numbers of pledges obtained and the environmental impact of their efforts.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
Impact for the 2007 project is somewhat difficult to evaluate, as it is dependent upon individuals following through with their pledges. However, if all who signed up for the pledge make those changes, over 750,000 pounds of carbon dioxide will be kept out of the atmosphere per year.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Finding the time to implement this is the perennial struggle. For any step in the process, if student input is involved, the task takes considerably more time. Providing opportunities for student input at any step in the process can take considerably more time, though that input is valued highly and integral to the process.
* 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.