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Third Grade At Your Service

As part of our Third Grade Social Studies curriculum, Third Graders at Marshville Elementary took part in a Service Learning Project. The students spent time learning about services and ways to help our community. After learning all about what it was, the students were eager to begin their own service project.
Third Graders partnered with The Arc of Union County, an organization that helps people with disabilities, to collect donations and raise awareness about NOT using the “R-Word.” The students learned the emotional impact that word could have on people with disabilities and pledged to no longer use the word and to help “spread the word to END the word!”
Our awesome Third Graders had so much fun and felt so good about helping others that they decided they weren’t done! This time, they would take it global! Samaritan’s Purse is an international organization that helps people who have faced tragedies such as natural disasters. In order to help this organization, the students decided to participate in a “Penny War.” Each classroom would collect pennies and try to negate the other classroom’s jars by adding silver. For every nickel, 5 penny points were deducted from the jar, etc. At the end, the jar with the most penny points that weren’t negated, won! The war became fierce and other grade levels decided to join as well!
We are super proud to share that our students collected numerous donations for The Arc and raised a total of $502.56 to donate to Samaritan’s Purse. GREAT JOB to our Third Graders and all who helped! Ms. Bennett was our Third Grade classroom winner and our fourth grade class who had the most pennies after silver was subtracted was Ms. Snipes’ class. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated in giving to this great cause!

Written by: Stephanie Fryda, 3rd grade teacher
Posted: Feb 10, 2014 by Kerri Edwards

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