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Academic Service-Learning News: April 2012

Spring is a wonderful time to be outdoors!  Take this opportunity to do some work in your neighborhood–clean up a park, help build new benches for an outdoor area in your neighborhood, walk a neighbor’s dog–your opportunities are endless!  If you’re looking for a more academically founded opportunity, work with your student to write letters (or e-mails) to your local parks and recreation administrators and develop a plan to meet a need in the community.  This offers opportunities for fund raisers, budget work and making a plan to execute the project that needs to be done.

At Honey Creek, you can look forward to another outstanding Earth Day program sponsored by some of our community members.  Don’t forget to fill out your AS-L service hour sheets so that we can track our work as a school.  Blank sheets can be found across the hall from Cindy’s room (A-wing) and can be turned in to Johnny’s mailbox.

Thank you for all of your efforts!

Academic Service-Learning News: March 2012

Students are continuing to track their AS-L hours and, based on these sheets, I’ve seen some great evidence of the work they are doing in our community.  It’s always impressive to me to see so many students dedicate time to others outside of school!

On April 29 there is another opportunity for students to get out and celebrate a good cause.  The March of Dimes is holding their annual March for Babies, a 3-mile long walk, which will take place in Dexter at Hudson Mills Metropark.  Registration begins at 9 am and the walk begins at 10am.  It would be great if we could get a Honey Creek team out there for the event.  If anyone is interested in learning more or setting up a team please visit the website www.marchforbabies.org  If we do get an interested group, the March of Dimes has offered to come visit the school and talk with students!

Also in April, Earth Day is approaching!  Look for more news from some of our wonderful parent volunteers as they are currently planning another educational, fun and rewarding event for this day.

 

Keep up the good work!

Academic Service Learning February 2012

Greetings!

Our Martin Luther King Day assembly was a big hit!  We were fortunate to have three different speakers present from three different forums–Skype, through a letter and in person.  Our three guests brought words of hope and inspiration and left many students feeling reflective.  It opened up some important conversations.  Hopefully many of you were able to participate in MLK activities or acts of service.  I would love to share some of these experiences.  Please e-mail me jthompson@hc.wash.k12.mi.us with any stories you would like to share!

With this beautiful weather comes a terrific opportunity to spend time outside and encourage your children to practice acts of service!  Take a walk in the park and pick up debris left behind, go for a walk in your community and identify areas and/or people who might need extra help shoveling when the snow does hit, be creative and take advantage of this time to be outside without the weight of all the winter gear!

Academic Service-Learning update for January, 2012

This is a time of year when many people are feeling thankful for what they have and looking for ways to share their time, talents and material belongings with others. So many great deeds go unseen at Honey Creek, but I want to bring attention to the fact that, though many in our community are quiet helpers, we have an inordinate amount of generous souls. Many thanks to all who made donations this month! Between Food Gatherers, a drive to help a school in Tanzania and the time and effort that went into both the winter performance and craft sale, the collaborative effort of our community is astounding. Especially at this time, it is beyond impressive that our small community is able to do so much!

Honey Creek hosted a blood drive on January 10th, 2012. The hours were 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the WISD is kindly allowing us to use their seminar rooms 1 & 2 for a comfortable location! Honey Creek students greeted donors and helped with recovery, food and juice. We went way past our goal last year so they upped our target this year (to 60 participants!). It would be great to see them need to increase the target again next year. I would like to send out a BIG thank you to all family, friends, and community members who were able to come by the blood drive! Thank you, as well, to all students who volunteered their time.

Also, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up January 16. We are having a school-wide assembly on Friday, January 13 to honor the work done by Martin Luther King Jr. and the many others who have worked toward creating a better world.

We have Monday off of school in honor of King’s legacy. One way we encourage our community to celebrate this day and give back is by committing themselves to some act of service on this day. This day of service is quickly approaching. Start thinking about what your family can do and how you’ll reflect on that activity. There are always many free community events at Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti libraries as well as throughout our county.

Monday, January 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM the University of Michigan Detroit Center will be hosting events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Thank you sincerely for all you do to foster our culture of service at Honey Creek.

Academic Service-Learning update for December, 2011

Winter Greetings! Our Food Gatherers drive is well underway. Thank you to all those who have helped fill our bins already. We will continue collecting until December 16 so keep it coming! Our first AS-L assembly was a success. Students were excited to talk about AS-L projects and some began planning how to do more right away! Remind students to fill out their logs to keep track of time spent on service or AS-L projects. I am still gathering class goals and will have the school goal by the next newsletter. Look for a tracking poster on the AS-L bulletin board as soon as I have everyone’s numbers.

I am always amazed and impressed by the generosity and willingness to serve in this community! It is a huge tribute to parents and families that our students are continuing this trend. One example is a group of 4/5 students who have demonstrated a desire to help other children. Anya Helzer and Adeline Griffith identified a school in Africa and gathered information to see how they can help students who have limited resources. Below is a letter composed by them asking for your help. Unfortunately, there is a time crunch with the school in Africa that necessitates holding this drive at the same time as Food Gatherers. Regardless, their enthusiasm continues and they are hopeful they will still receive enough materials to send a substantial package to this school. Read their letter below to see how you can help.

Thank you for all you do, and, as always, let me know if I can assist you in any way!

Johnny

 

Dear Honey Creek Community, Our names are Anya and Adeline. We are doing an AS-L project. This project is helping Anya’s aunt’s school in Tanzania. We are doing a drive to collect books, puzzles, plastic animals, dry tempra paint (we can’t mail liquids) and water colors. Used or “like new” items are acceptable. They would prefer board books but not cartoon characters or Disney books. We are also in need of financial donations for shipping if you would like to contribute that way.

These children are four years old and speak Swahili. They haven’t learned to speak English yet, so the simpler the book, the better. The only materials the school has currently are small and big rocks, sticks, a blackboard, chalk, paper, pencils, bottle caps and ten books. They have one large room, half the room is carpeted and the other half is not. Maybe you can help! The goal is to make this a pre-school, ready to open in January. This will get students ready to go to the primary school that is planned to join the already established Ruaha Secondary School. These schools are located near the city of Iringa. Because the pre- school is planning to open in January we are in a hurry! We will have collection boxes out until December 16 so that we can mail the materials before winter break. Thank you for anything you can offer!

Anya and Adeline

Academic Service-Learning Update for November, 2011

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our collection for the Education Project! All materials are being delivered to our WISD contact this week so that they can be distributed to area youth. There are also six wonderfully decorated Boxtops collection boxes ready to start collecting points for area locations that work with homeless youth. Thank you to the fourth and fifth graders who took the time to do this!

Another thank you to Kelly Krawcke who is currently working with Food Gatherers to get collection bins into our school. As soon as our bins are delivered we will be welcoming all non-perishable food items. This collection will run through the rest of this month and into the beginning of December.

Students will participate in the first assembly of this school year later this month. At that time we will recognize students who completed 50 or more service hours during the 2010/2011 school year, including a middle schooler who will be sharing some of her personal AS-L experiences. We will also recognize those who participated in this year’s walk/run-a-thon. This event raised a significant amount of money for our school and gave students an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and exercise. Finally, this assembly mark the beginning of students’ goal setting for personal service hours. Look for a total school goal and tracking graph on the AS-L board in early December!

Thank you to all who have been recording and turning in AS-L logs. Remember, blanks are located on the wall outside the after care office and completed forms can be turned in to a base teacher or directly into Johnny Thompson’s mailbox.

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