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|Project Title: ||Child Labor Practices-Doing Something to Help|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Hudson High - Hudson|
|Contact Name:||Eleni LoPorto and Maureen DeRoy|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 567-6250|
|Content-Area(s):||History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Human Needs|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Students in eighth grade English and Social Studies classes study industrialization in America and the concerns regarding indentured servants, slavery and child labor are addressed by three novels in English class; Lyddie, The Fifth of March and Nightjohn. They also study the United Nations and read Lost Futures, the Problem of Child Labor from the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.
When the students realized that child labor exists today, they were alarmed and began their research and campaign to educate others to this plight. They also visited the Lowell Mills on a field trip and participated in a role play situation similar to what children experienced working in the mills. The students taught elementary and middle schools about child labor through presentations and a PowerPoint that was also shown to high school student during lunches.
They enlisted the help of community partners including a local bank, two newspapers and two organizations, Loose Change to Loosen Chains and The Kids Campaign to build a School for Igbal. The students held bake sales and the local bank has agreed to match funds that the students raised not only this year but for every year that they continue this project and take action on the issue of child labor.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Students researched and discovered the prevalence of child labor throughout the world. They designed an appropriate action plan to address the need for more people to know about the abuse of child labor and to do something about it.
|Service Component: |
The students taught children at the elementary and middle schools about the reality of child labor. They developed a PowerPoint which was made at lunchtime to educate other high school students about the realities of child labor utilizing the television studio and the large screens in the cafeteria. They held bake sales throughout the district to raise funds for the cause of child labor. They also identified reputable NGO to donate funds to like UNICEF; the Tanzania Education Fund and “The Kids Campaign to build a School for Igbal. They wrote letter to individuals and corporations responsible for proliferation of child labor to hold them responsible for their actions: Sylvester Stallone, Coca Cola, Pepsi; Mike and Nestle.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The students study the Industrial Revolution in 8th grade. The service-learning was connected to the English Standard 2,3,9,11,13,20 and 24.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students decided on the ways that they could educate others and the presentations and letters that they wrote.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students engaged in dialogues with their teachers and peers through the process in assessing what they were discovering and the progress that they were making. Students were also asked to reflect on this project in their final portfolios at the end of the school year.
|Community Partners Involved: |
Community partners include Hudson Savings Bank, The Hudson Sun, The Middlesex News, The Kids Campaign to build a School for Igbal and Loose Change to Loosen Chains.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The students presented their project at the CSL Fair on June 12, 2007 at Hudson High School for the families and community members who attended the CSL Fair.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The students realize that their work has only just begun. They did feel that they made an impact when the local band recognized their work and matched the funds that they had made. Moreover, the bank will continue to fund the students’ effort throughout their next four years of high school. That was another impact.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
This project has the potential to become a Signature Service-Learning project. Funding for the field trip to Lowell was one additional cost that was funded through a grant from the local educational foundation. Finding funding for the field trip will continue to be a challenge.
* 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.