The second project yards for your neighbor is a class

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The second project, ‘Yards for Your Neighbor’ is a class or individual project in which students can recommend a neighbor whose yard needs to be cut, bushes trimmed, or debris removed. The class will then select a candidate and coordinate with them to complete some work in their yard. The project is good for students to learn about the importance of helping your neighbor, especially the elderly or disabled neighbor that is unable to maintain their yard on their own. In some cities, the U.S. Veterans Association does something similar in which they coordinate with local schools to help perform minor repairs to elderly veteran’s homes. While this project may not be suitable for younger students, it is great for older students. The third project, ‘Step-Up the School’ is similar to the “Yards for Your Neighbor” project, except the students concentrate on cleaning up and maintenance of their school. In this project, students from all grades can designate a month of the year in which the classrooms will rotate in walking around the school campus and pick up trash, debris, and other things that students will be able to
Running head: SERVICE LEARNING IDEAS 5 throw away. The project is designed to teach students the importance of maintaining cleanliness of their schools and helping the janitorial staff in keeping the school free of debris. The fourth project, ‘Recycle to Restore’ is a project that the entire school would participate in, but individual classes can expand on the idea and do specific recycling projects. In the project, students will donate to a fund that purchases recycling receptacles to be placed in various places throughout the school campus and then extend throughout the community. For example: If the community has a community center, then the school can purchase two recycling receptacles to be placed at the community center. This encourages people to recycle plastic items instead of throwing them away. This project teaches students the importance of helping the environment by keeping trash off the ground and recycling products, as well as helping the community become greener. The fifth project, ‘Being Thankful Thanksgiving’ project is also a school wide or can be an individual class project in which can goods and other items can be collected and donated in to a local charity the school has collaborated with in helping to provide meals to the homeless or less fortunate during the Thanksgiving holiday. This project one again allows the students to understand the importance of helping the less fortunate and developing an understanding that not all people have the same opportunities in life.

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