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I work at a very poor elementary school in Washington, DC, and I’ve been put in charge of coordinating a service project for and with the kids at my school (as in, they have to be the main workers). This is difficult for a number of reasons:
Most of the kids come from extremely poor and underprivileged backgrounds where often times they and their families have little to eat, let alone to share. So can drives and various supply drives are very out.
I was thinking about having a school or community clean up day, like pass out garbage bags, gloves, and respirators, split into teams, and walk out a block or so (with proper release forms, obviously) and pick up trash and debris. This was shelved because of concerns about broken glass and drug paraphernalia, but also I was told the kids would think this as “below them” because it’s what people in jail or required to work community service hours have to do! I was told I would get a HUGE pushback by kids and parents, so I guess that’s out too…
The only thing I have come up with that isn’t too menial, too messy (painting anything – no way) and could encompass grades K-5 was to make cards for the elderly or veterans. This seems so basic and quick though, and I really wanted it to take up anywehre from 2-3 hours or up to a whole day! Any ideas?
Post # 3
I know it’s kinda like making cards, but what about homemade decorations for a children’s hospital or wing? You could do a springtime theme.
Post # 4
Are you up for an ongoing project? Our inner city schools are turning some of the school property into vegetable gardens. The produce is donated to needy families and the food bank.
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Post # 6
I agree with PP – some urban areas are what can be called, “food deserts.” Where easy access to healthy food is almost nonexistent and many of the residents rely on fast food or convenience stores.
I think a project dedicated to growing healthy foods is an awesome idea. I volunteered at inner city schools and provided nutrition education to students while helping them prepare healthy snacks and meals. Kids (and the parents) LOVED it – we had great turnout. Btw, I’m a dietitian so I would suggest contacting hospitals in your area and seeing if their dietitians would be interested in participating.
Post # 7
@julies1949: That’s the other thing that makes it difficult, my school has a lot of “stuff.” We have an entire inner courtyard with TONS of vegetables growing, and an active gardening club. We have murals professionally (and not so professionally) painted. We have donated trees from Casey’s Trees. We have after school clubs, corporate and gorvernmental scholarships and sponsorships, and tons of sports. In terms of extras its doing pretty well! I just can’t think of a service project.
@littlemisst08: I like that! I could do card and decoration stations. One for sick kids, one for a vet, one for a senior.
Post # 8
I’m a big advocate for getting kids excited about being healthy early. Could you have a community exercise-athon? Like have groups of kids lead fun dances, sports, games or workouts to family and community members?
how many adults are working with you? Like is it something each teacher could teach or lead their class Or little leaders?
Post # 9
Or a walk for some awesome cause. You could have the kids get pledges and work the race.. Money is tight, so could you incorporate the veterans card thing. Lol, I’m just brainstorming.. But if a walker/runner does 3 miles, the school will make 3 cards. ????
Post # 10
How about actually visiting with elderly people, singing with them, talking to them. It may be a little difficult for some of the younger students, but if you prepare some songs or a little skit, the kids can just participate in that and don’t actually have to carry on a conversation. I think it would be nice for some of the older students to do this with maybe some younger children that are in the hospital. Not even necessarily children that are very sick, but even children that are in the hospital for surgery, etc.
Post # 11
What about a bottle drive? Get them to distribute flyers a week or 2 before the pickup in that area.