“Service-learning gives students a whole different kind of educational experience,” said Pine Ridge Elementary School second-grade teacher, Kristin Messner. “It allows them to think of someone other than themselves,” added second-grade teacher, Becky Roberts. Community service projects are embedded throughout our schools in the FHPS district. This story is just one example. About 100 second-grade students from Pine Ridge Elementary School participated in their first Learning to Give supported project coined KidsGiving with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. After an introduction from FHPS teacher and LTG ambassador trainer, Lea Sevigny, and an application for a $50 mini-grant gift card per class, the second-grade teaching team incorporated the lesson Kids Can Make the Difference. Through the lesson, students learned about how they have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.
All of the students worked together to decorate and fill gift bags for the kids staying at the local children’s hospital. The bags contained a small craft, stickers, markers, glow sticks, and a note of encouragement. The students decorated each bag and were given the responsibility of deciding what to include in each bag and how to stay on budget.
To read more about this project and see photos of the students in action, click here for the article posted on the KidsGiving website.