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Rocky River Students Show Global Citizenship and Leadership
During the month of May all 43 classes from Pre-K to 5th grade (860 plus students) joined together with Heifer International to complete a service learning project. During the year we had learned what it means to be a global citizen and that one part of being a global citizen is learning about problems and taking action to help solve them. We focused on hunger and collected money for Heifer International. The animals purchased will go to many places in the world to provide food, wool and money for the family. The money from selling extra eggs, milk, wool, a baby animal will then help families pay for schooling, homes, and needed items in order to make their life better.
Students heard a story about young Beatrice from Uganda, Africa and how her family faced many challenges. After hearing the story Beatrice's Goat students came up with ways they could earn money to donate. Some of their ideals included a lemonade stand, selling old toys they no longer wanted, doing chores, tooth fairy money, allowances, and gift money. Students made posters to advertise the project and an announcement for our broadcast. Then they went out and found ways they could earn money to donate and take action against world hunger.
Along with individual student donations Girl scout Troop 2906 consisting of Lia, Jada, Liani, Emma, Taylor, Tristan (all 2nd graders) and their leader Mrs. Zarger made this a community project and collected a lot of money.
The student's and their families were very generous when they donated $548.69 toward hunger and making a better life for others. This extended their learning when they were able to use some of their 7 habits (Leader in Me) strategies and take action to help others around the world so they can show their global citizenship.
We donated an alpaca, goat, sheep, honeybees, ducks/geese, a share of a heifer and a hope basket with (rabbits and chicks). Students discuss where they thought these animals would help out and what it means to have a sustainable living. When you purchase a share of an animal then other money is put with it from other donations toward the purchase.
When it was all done and the money sent to Heifer the students said, “It made me feel really good to help someone out.” “I felt proud of what I did.” “I want to continue helping other people.” “We helped a lot of families.”
We want to thank everyone in the community, the students and their families for their help in this service learning project.
Written by: Brenda Todd - Global Studies/21st Century Skills/Technology Teacher
Posted: Jun 11, 2015 by Brenda Todd