In Burlington County at the Evesham School District, 695 students in grades six through eight learn what it means to be a citizen of the United States and the responsibility that comes with citizenship using a $7,778 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. Educators Maureen Heenan, Linda Gallagher, Shira Kravitz, Joe Benedict, Lorrie Stanley, Don Aughenbaugh, Sara Etsell, and Susan Rossi, from the DeMasi Middle School collaborate on the project.
Several student committees meet after school with advisors to draft descriptions of volunteer opportunities. The list is distributed to all eighth-grade students to choose where to volunteer. A student committee plans a service expo and invite parents and volunteer organizations. The committee contracts with the local high school institute of technology for items such as a banner and t-shirt printing. A keynote speaker is contracted. Students and parents visit each organization and obtain information regarding opportunities to volunteer.
Students create a public service announcement (PSA) to be included in the televised morning announcements targeted to all middle school students. Groups create a youth volunteer directory containing descriptions of youth volunteer organizations with examples of duties/activities they could perform. The directory is available to the community.
A pre-assessment of service awareness is compared with a post-assessment of students at the end of the project.
Documentation and presentation of the project is delivered to the middle school staff during an in-service or faculty meeting to encourage extension projects/activities.
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School – (856) 988-0777