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Mr. Dikeman is a lead teacher and social action co-teacher at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Dikeman says, “teaching through service learning allows hands-on learning experiences to help students make connections between their school and their community."
‘DC Students in Action’ was the name of a 2016-17 service-learning project funded in-part by a Learning to Give mini-grant. Mr. Dikeman used the ‘What Is Philanthropy’ and ‘Making a Difference in the World’ Learning to Give resources to support the project. Through DC Students In Action, 42 students were involved in diverse service ranging from supporting an animal shelter and the Indianapolis Humane society, distributing information about helping to prevent child abuse, volunteering with the high school’s food pantry, mentoring elementary students, facilitating a book drive, raising donations for Riley Children’s Hospital, supporting a shelter for battered women, working to increase skate parks with the local parks and recreation department, and seeking donations for the March of Dimes organization.
One student reflected, “I was able to actively be a part of a solution to a problem in my community. The pantry also helped me to realize how many people are going through hard times without showing anything.”
Ms. Found is a calculus teacher and faculty advisor for five clubs at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. She feels motivated to teach service and philanthropy because, “there is something very powerful in growing the hearts of young people."
“Helping Seniors with Technology" was the name and goal of a 2016-17 student service-learning project funded in part by a Learning to Give mini-grant. Ms. Found incorporated the ‘I Do My Part’ Learning to Give resource to prepare and inspire the students before, during, and after the project. The students worked the the seniors in technology training sessions at Sugar Hill Retirement Home. They traveled each Wednesday to meet with seniors in need of help, a student was paired up with a senior to help them use smartphones, tablets, or computers. Their CyberSeniors program has grown beyond technology instruction to a variety of programs Brewster will be holding at Sugar Hill such as Paint & Punch night, coffeehouses, a senior prom, the Walking Club, game night, etc.
Throughout the project, students strengthened their inter-generational skills, and commented that they “learned about the importance of being patient, of explaining things slowly and to articulate well, to take the time to talk and get to know the senior they worked with.”
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