Help me give my students trash cans and gloves to enhance their service learning project of monthly garbage clean up on our school grounds.
First-grade students are excited to learn. It is always a goal to surround these eager learners with new literature, technology, and activity to keep up with their enthusiasm and motivate them to work together. Field trips and hands-on experiences offer an excellent method of engagement, curricular connection, and cohesive community bonding.
Our elementary school is located in an urban community that reflects cultural diversity.
In our first grade, we honor that cultural diversity in many ways from the curriculum to the daily "vibe" or feel of the classroom which is based on routine, ritual and decor. Each morning we commit to a pillar of power. Students choose to hold Community ("supporting myself and others, respecting our space"), Discipline ("using my energy for good things") or Leadership ("doing the right thing even if I am the only one and especially if no one is looking") as their area of focus for that day.
We engage in outdoor learning activities one time a week. We walk to a nearby conservation park one time a month. We collect trash. These outdoor experiences enable our students to feel connected to their environment. These outdoor learning experiences provide strengthened community bonds.
Community service allows all students a fulfillment of heart and soul and belonging. We collect trash every month on our school grounds. During the month of September, we collected seven pounds of trash! As one adult observed, "You would have thought they were on some sort of treasure hunt!"
By placing trash and recycling receptacles on our playground, we will see efforts to keep our school grounds free of trash.
We will graph our comparisons noting how much loose garbage we pick up compared to the amount of trash and recycling that are held in the garbage receptacles.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
When given the tools and the opportunities to lift others and serve the communities in which they live, students will naturally "rise up". We all rise when we lift others. We all can be great and serve the communities in which we live!
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|Safco Products Canmeleon Outdoor/Indoor Recessed Panel Trash Can 9476BL, Black, Decorative Fluted Panels, 38-Gallon Capacity • Amazon Business||$128.16||2||$256.32|
|Disposable Gloves, 1000 Poly Food Service Gloves, Powder and Latex Free by Upper Midland • Amazon Business||$15.74||1||$15.74|
|Square Recycle Trash Sticker Sign for Easy Recognition, 4 Inch Recycle Trash Bin Logo Sticker for Metal Aluminum Steel or Plastic Trash Cans - Indoor & Outdoor 6 Pack • Amazon Business||$7.99||1||$7.99|
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