A team of teachers in Burlington County will continue teaching service learning and civic responsibility through a $10,000 continuation grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. The grant adds a stewardship opportunity for students to work with the local environmental commission. In September, Evesham School District teachers Maureen Heenan, Dori Aughenbaugh, Joe Benedict, Bill DuBois, Christopher Thomas, and Carol Wagner introduce DeMasi Middle School students to civic responsibility, service learning, and stewardship through the social studies curriculum, and weave it through language arts classes. Parents are invited to project activities during back-to-school night.
Throughout the school year, after-school student committees meet to plan projects including a volunteer field experience and a service expo.
The volunteer organizations expo is scheduled for May. Students use data gathered from the expo to create a digital youth volunteer directory to be posted on the district’s website.
The participating community organizations and the environmental commission provide a written evaluation of their participation in the project.
If you want to replicate this project, or find out more about it, read the Coordinator's Final Report. The students and staff of DeMasi Middle School expressed their thanks for the opportunity to carry out this project in a heartfelt letter to the Hipp Foundation.
For further information, contact:
School – (856) 988-0777