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Curriculum Based Service-Learning: November 2012

Fall greetings!
You may have noted that Academic Service-Learning has undergone a name change to Curriculum Based Service Learning. This change was decided on as it more accurately reflects what we do at Honey Creek and indicates the inherent ties to our curriculum. This is the only change though. We will still be using Curriculum Based Service Learning to meet our original purpose. The following is from  our website in case you are unfamiliar with this concept: Service Learning is a method by which young people learn and develop  through active participation in a thoughtfully organized service experience. Such service experiences meet actual community needs, are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community, are integrated into each young person’s academic curriculum, help foster the development of sense of caring for others and enhance what is taught in the school by extending student learning beyond the classroom. Though this statement reflects the purpose of Curriculum Based Service Learning, we do encourage all forms of service as  well. Both curriculum based and regular service hours are collected throughout the school year by filling out service logs (available near the after care office). These should be turned in to your child’s base teacher monthly. Students who participate in 50 or more  hours of service learning are then eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Regardless of whether or not this is  motivational for your child, we like to track our community service hours so please turn in those logs!
Maybe you noticed the barrels located at the front of the school and by the cafeteria door on Friday. We have started our annual Food Gatherers food drive! If you are unfamiliar with this organization, please take a few moments to view their website: www.foodgatherers.org. We will be collecting food (see list below for most needed items) from now until November 26 and ask for you to help however you can. For those looking to make this a richer service experience for your children think about these three options: 1. Have your child take responsibility for cleaning and organizing the pantry. Food Gatherers accepts canned food up to six months past their “use by” date. This is a great opportunity to get rid of some under used items in your home in a way that makes a significant difference for others. Depending on their age, students can also make shopping lists for items to make meals that go with items you already have. It’s a great opportunity to talk about utilizing what we have, rather than getting new products while others go to waste.  2. Allow your children the opportunity to earn food credits by doing extra chores or tasks in your home or the neighborhood. Then, take them to the store and allow them to pick out food to donate with these credits.
3. Take your child to Food Gatherers to volunteer and learn more about what happens behind the scenes. It is important to note that  they currently do not accommodate walk in volunteers–you must fill out a volunteer form and select a time before you wish to  volunteer. Regardless of how you help, don’t forget to log your service hours. Time spent going through cupboards or shopping all counts toward this time. We look forward to another successful year!
Be in touch with any questions you may have:
jthompson@hc.wash.k12.mi.us
Thank you for all you do!

 

Food Gatherers appreciates all types
of non-perishable food donations,
however we have the most requests
from our partner agencies for the
following items:
Food Items:
Tuna Fish or other canned fish or
meat
Beef Stew, Meat Soups, and Hearty
Soups
Canned Spaghetti or Pasta
Chili
Beans (kidney, pinto, green, yellow,
refried or black beans)
Baby Food or Formula
Ensure or other nutritional
supplement drinks
Rice
Dry Beans
Noodles, Macaroni
Powdered Milk
Pancake or Baking Mixes
Cereal/Oatmeal
Granola Bars
Peanut Butter
Jelly (in plastic jars)
We also collect (unopened) Personal
Care Items:
Diapers
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Soap
Shampoo
Disposable Razors
**Food Gatherers does not accept
opened containers and asks that you
avoid items in glass as they
sometimes break in transit.
Thank You!
Food Gatherers 734-761-2796

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