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Students will learn about supporting others in need in their community and will gain practical life skills through a service learning project taking place right in their own community and being geared towards domestic abuse survivors.

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Service Learning Through Sewing

School:
Hamilton Disston 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Melissa Whitcher 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
November 8, 2017

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

Bill Edwards - $420.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 21

Students have a better appreciation for service projects for their community. Some came forward with stories of their own domestic violence situations. Their desire to keep the work they did to themselves subside and was replaced with the desire to help others. We faced challenges at the beginning of students not wanting to work together, not pulling their weight, and not wanting to synthesize ideas. We are still working with the materials and those issues have tapered off. A grand thank you to our investor for believing in our service learning.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Students will learn about supporting others in need in their community and will gain practical life skills through a service learning project taking place right in their own community and being geared towards domestic abuse survivors. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be taught how to design, cut, and sew blankets using a sewing machine. The design will include sewing letters to create words such as "hope" and "love." Students will then take the blankets and present them to children of domestic abuse survivors at a local domestic violence shelter. Students will write a reflection on the skills they learned, how they apply to their lives as an adult, how helping those in need effects their personal growth and the growth of those being helped. 

 

Benefits to my students

In addition to the valuable life skill of sewing, the students will learn about the economics and work that goes into creating material goods. Through donating the blankets to a local women's shelter, students will increase their emotional intelligence through creating empathy for those in need. The students will learn that their work within their own community can strengthen themselves, those in need, and, of course, the community as a whole. Reflecting on these experiences will allow the students time to delve into the reasons helping others is so powerful and allow them an opportunity to decide how they can continue to do so. This project will take them outside of themselves in order to understand that giving even a little helps more than can be explained without experiencing it. 

 

Describe the Students

My students are at-risk teens living at some of the lowest poverty levels. These students have fallen behind at traditional schools; many for reasons in their home life that are outside of their control. Our Title 1 school is at 100% free lunch. They are often being raised withe "me first" perspectives in order to survive.  

 

Budget Narrative

Fabric being purchased will be enough for a double layer of fleece and fleece letter for each blanket. Thread is needed to sew the layer together. A student created logo will be printed on the Printable iron-on cotton and adhered to the blankets. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 fabric $380.00
2 thread $20.00
3 printable iron-on cotton $20.00
  Total: $420.00

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