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|Project Title: ||Counting Books for Uganda |
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||C R Hubert - Hudson|
|Contact Name:||Catherine Waugh|
|Contact Phone:||(978) 567-6130|
|Content-Area(s):||Arts, English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences, Mathematics|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
Through the work of community partners who are building a new school for children in a village in Uganda, the teachers and students at the Hubert Kindergarten discovered that the school and thus the children had no books. The idea of making books came from the teachers and students and they decided on counting books with pictures since math and numbers can transcend languages. The students had an assembly with a couple who are helping to build the school in Uganda and they learned about Ugandan children’s lives. They had to think of objects that they and the Ugandan children had in common. They used their feet, hands and whole bodies as designs for the counting books. The Director of Mathematics and the district’s math specialist helped with the mathematics design of the books. The art teacher helped with the layout and helped students with color choices. A parent had the capacity to bind and laminate all of the books and by the end of June the students had created over 150 books to send. Children even created books at home and brought their personal creations to school. The couple will be transporting the books with them in suitcases when they travel to Uganda this summer.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
This project addresses the need of children across the world to develop literacy.
|Service Component: |
Students thought that they could make books for the African children once they heard that the children had no books at all. It’s difficult to estimate the hours that they served since the real service will begin once the books reach the village. There will be over 50 children in the school and the impact of having their own school and then their very own books will certainly be great.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
The mathematics standards of counting and representing numbers with the appropriate number of objects were included. There were also Language Arts skills and art skills involved.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
After the all school presentation by the couple working on building the school, the students brainstormed first with their principal and then with their teachers in their classrooms regarding what they could do to help. They decided that they could make books.
|Student Reflection Component: |
Students read their completed books and thought about the effect that their books would have on the children in Uganda who read them. They also presented to the Hudson School Committee and reflected on their project in response to the questions by the School Committee members.
|Community Partners Involved: |
The local couple that was working on building the school in Uganda were the community partners as well as the parent who bound and laminated all the books through his company.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
This project was displayed and represented by Hubert teachers at the CSL Fair on June 12 at Hudson High School. There were examples of the books for people to see as well as information on the whole project.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The impact of the project might be measured by following up with the couple building the school to determine how the books are used and the impact they have had on the children attending the school.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
Time to devote to this project is a challenge since the Hubert Kindergarten Center already has other well established service-learning. It may be decided to pursue this project every other year since the amount of time and energy expended by the teachers was so great.
* 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.