Magical Service-Learning Projects in Your Classroom
- Learners demonstrate to a wider audience the steps, impact, and outcomes of the project.
- Celebrate the success of the project.
- Remember to include the community partner in the planning of the demonstration and celebration.
- Invite the media to get involved in observing a formal presentation or by publishing a letter of advocacy.
An elementary building in Michigan collected coats and shoes for a local nonprofit. When the event came to a close, the fourth grade class created a movie. Some students wrote the script, others acted, and some created the final product. They shared their movie at an evening event and invited families and partners from the community. Also at the event, the students shared their graphs and other collected data. In addition, they displayed artwork and writings of reflection, and some students spoke about the project and future plans. A local television station attended, and the event was on the evening news.
Middle school students collected personal care items. After a successful event, they invited the media to the school on the day the products were delivered. The local media created a story about the student efforts. The students created their own video using some footage from the media coverage. The media event showed people in the community that these students were capable of making a difference in the lives of others.
An eleventh grade math class studied personal finance. They decided to teach what they learned about basic money smart choices to a middle school class for a week. They also created informational brochures and held a personal finance fair for community members in order to help people create budgets and make wise money choices. After all of their projects were complete, they decided to demonstrate the results of their projects through a fundraising dinner. At the fundraising dinner, they showed a presentation with information about personal finance. They included pictures of their teaching experiences and fair. Several students spoke about the impact of the lessons and the service experiences on themselves and the people they served. All the profits from the dinner were donated to the local community center.