Grow your understanding of communities, connect with professionals and community members you can learn from, have opportunities to act on your values, and gaining hands-on experience are all benefits of service learning projects. We are fortunate in the sixth grade to have completed our second service learning project just before winter break. During this service learning project we partnered with the American Cancer Society.
Jenna, a community development manager for the north central region was able to come to Goodrich and present to the sixth grade class. During this presentation, Jenna talked about the American Cancer Society and what they do for cancer patients, caregivers, and ways to volunteer within this organization or others throughout the community. The students were then able to brainstorm with their classmates other ways they can volunteer within the school and community. The students came up with great ideas and we are hopeful we can do a third service learning project using the ideas they created.
Once we shared all of the ideas we brainstormed, we took part in our own service learning project to help the American Cancer Society. Every year they have hundreds of volunteers who help at different events such as races or fundraisers. It is important to also thank these volunteers so they continue to contribute their time. We created cards for them and expressed out thanks and gratitude for what they do. The students had a wonderful time making the cards and really put great amount of thought and decoration into each one. I truly love that we can have these hands-on learning experiences with the students because they get so much out of them!