Tuesday, March 1, 2011

8th Grade Homeless Experience: The Idea...

The 8th grade has spent a better part of the year brainstorming, planning, and organizing their capstone service learning experience. This fall we asked the students to come up with a theme within their category of service, Think Globally, Act Personally. After small group work, the class decided they wanted to learn about and serve the homeless and hungry.

The next stage students embarked on was drawing from personal experience, research, and collaboration to determine the types of activities they could engage in to accomplish this goal. Many had spent a night at their church recreating the life of a homeless person, others had taken part in Stop Hunger Now, which works with community groups to create and deliver meals to the homeless, still others remembered their visits to Urban Ministry, while some were excited to document and prepare a movie about their service learning theme. From these varied experiences the 8th graders created what we are calling the Homeless Experience. A generous donor has offered to sponsor Stop Hunger Now, and 8th grade advisors have helped to organize the rest of the night. We are all very excited about the potential for this Homeless Experience and believe the increased awareness and empathy that will come out of this will enhance the leadership qualities of the 8th graders. Here is the schedule for the Experience:

Tuesday, March 1

1:30 - 4:00 - Visit Pathways in Greensboro and Save-a-Lot (to purchase dinner and breakfast with $2.00)
4:00 - 6:00 - Build a shelter from cardboard boxes, complete homework, eat dinner
6:00 - 9:00 - Stop Hunger Now Program
9:00 - 9:30 - Vespers in Philips Chapel
9:30 - 11:00 - Plan for Chapel on Wednesday
11:00  -          Bed

Wednesday, March 2

6:00 - 7:00 - Practice in Chapel for service
7:00 - 8:00 - Make breakfasts for Burrito Bikers
8:00 - 8:35 - Middle School Chapel performance
8:35 - 10:30 - Reflection

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