Service Stories

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Beautification of Nora

Jill - Indianapolis, Indiana - May 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
14
Total Hours Served
NaN
Ten second grade students worked together on an inquiry project leading to a beautification of our school grounds. The students toured the building inside and outside and made lists on areas of the building that needed attention. The students went through budgets, inquiry and action cycles, and they also presented their project ideas to staff. The students were given the generationOn grant questions and completed these together. Once rewarded with the grant money, the students went to work. They ordered plants and developed detailed plans with our in-school garden coordinator. They took the last month of school to plant hostas, petunias, and other perennials in the entryway of our building.

It's Our School Too!

Tammy - Demotte, Indiana - May 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
19
Total Hours Served
232
For this service learning experience, students discussed philanthropy and things that they have done in the past to help others. Then we watched a video on philanthropy and discussed. We then talked about ways we could give back to the school. Students suggested painting the old school desks and placing them around the school to show how HIAT is an art and technology school. Students from third and fourth grade submitted drawings, and 8 were chosen to paint a chair. In fifth grade, the students wanted to paint a mural and a podium. The K-2 students wanted to plant flowers and give them to their teachers. The older students started out by sanding the desks and then used primer to paint. Then they sketched out their drawings and began to paint. The fifth grade painted a large closet door and podium. They used primer to paint a base coat and finished up with chalk paint. The younger students helped to plant two large flower pots with geraniums. Each class, K-5 gave their teacher a plant in a terra cotta pot and each student signed their name and gave to their teachers as a thank you for all they've done.

Feed the hungry

Kristina - Akron, Ohio - May 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
1101
Total Hours Served
335
We partnered with the Family Life group at our church to host a food collection for the hungry of Akron, OH. We collected food for the Good Samaritan Hunger Center on South Hawkins Blvd in Akron. Each year we participate in their grocery bag program to help provide balanced meals for those needing help. Our church typically collects over 600 bags each year. Before the bags are distributed the Kids Care Club decorates the bags with colorful picture and positive messages.

Cups of Love

Kristina - Akron, Ohio - May 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
51
Total Hours Served
130
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, St. Hilary's Kids Care Club met at St. Edward Village to decorate and pass out Valentine Day treats to the 150 residents of the assisted and independent living facilities. The Kids Care Club collected over 2,500 pieces of candy to distribute among the 150 Valentine treat cups. The Kids Care Club decorated red and pink paper cups with Valentine stickers, tied strings at the top to make a handle, and filled them up with candy. The Kids Care Club then personally delivered each Valentine treat cup to the resident's door.

Lunches for the Homeless

Bradley - Northfield, New Jersey - May 25, 2017
Total Volunteers:
110
Total Hours Served
1144
Starting on 4/16/16 to 5/13/17 we made lunches bi-weekly (almost - missed a couple of weeks). We met 19 times and made 4000 lunches for the homeless clients of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and the homeless veterans in Enphront, which is transitional housing, both in Atlantic City NJ.

Make Your Mark on Hunger

Dan - Hebron, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
295
Total Hours Served
322
Students compete in collecting cereal boxes to help our town food pantry. During the week students watched videos about hunger and helping others.

Art Club

Dan - Hebron, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
264
With the help of a grant from GenOn our school started an Art Club this year. The funds were used to purchase supplies students had asked for in order to help them with their first project idea, which was to paint ceiling panels in each classroom.

Big Brother Big Sister Days

Dan - Hebron, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
43
Total Hours Served
1432
Members organize 3 days throughout the school year to host elementary students for 4 hours. During this time the members do a variety of activities with the elementary students, emphasizing simple manners throughout the days. To plan for the event, students spend their NJHS class period planning, gathering, and practicing for the events.

Haunted House

Dan - Hebron, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
126
Total Hours Served
2690
Students create a haunted house throughout the middle school with the help of staff and family members. This year we had our highest ticket sales yet raising just over $6000. The students work in groups that range from 5 to 15 members (depends on the size of the room given to decorate). The groups then have a day and a half during Fall Break to decorate, then they spend 2 nights scaring people. The proceeds are used later on the purchase gifts for kids on our town's angel trees. Many donations are given as well during this event.

2nd Grade Science Night 2017

Dan - Hebron, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
57
Total Hours Served
536
NJHS members organize 4 different science-themed areas in which our 2nd grade students rotate through and learn and learn about science. Students spend many days planning and prepping for this event, which involves science labs, and outside organizations to help (digital planetarium donated through NWIESC and retired Indiana National Park Spokespeople).

Spoken word performance

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
93
The high school GUTS! group wrote and performed a spoken word piece entitled "To be a woman" at our annual fundraiser LUNAFEST. The created a short film about a day in the life of a woman. Their spoken work centered around the line "There is no right way to be a woman" spoken in unison. Each girl performed her own piece and they all responded with that line while their video played in the background. It was chilling and we got tons of positive feedback from our community supporters about how impactful their performance was.

First Period kits

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
100
The GUTS! girls in our high school program did an action group this year around the theme of period pride and body positivity. They analyzed harmful stereotypes and discussed how our society still shames women about their periods and treats us unjustly. For their action project they made "first period kits" for younger girls at the YWCA Missoula's shelter for women and children. The group made buttons to sell at the Vagina Monologues as well as our annual GUTS! fundraiser to raise money for the kits. These were not just kits with period supplies like tampons and pads, but really little wellness gifts bags reminding girls to take care of their bodies and spirits during their cycles. They had candles, bath salts, chocolate, and journals alongside the period supplies.

Food Bank

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
2
I stocked diapers

Animal Shelter

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I played, fed, and helped homeless animals get a home.

Women's rights rally and poster project

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
12
Total Hours Served
38
The GUTS! group at Russell elementary was inspired by the national women's march and movement. They wanted to have a rally at their own school, so they created posters and paraded them around their school neighborhood.

Animal Shelter

Sthavir - Kirkland , Washington - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
2
Total Hours Served
4
I helped cats and dogs find homes.

Positive Affirmation suckers

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
69
The Middle School GUTS! group at Target Range wanted to bring positivity into their school. They embarked on a kindness campaign. They attached little slips of paper with positive affirmations onto suckers for each student and staff person at the school. Then they anonymously left them on lockers and doors after school hours to surprise their peers and teachers in the morning.

I feel alive when....

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
35
The 4th grade GUTS! group at Desmet elementary feels passionately about preventing drug use and abuse in their community. Instead of using scare tactics, we decided to focus on positive alternatives to drug use. The girls created an "I feel alive when..." poster campaign for their school, depicting all of the wonderful things they choose to do instead of drugs.

Lets donate dog toys!

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
41
Total Hours Served
255
Girls at 5 of the GUTS! school-based Action Groups felt passionately about animal welfare. They all decided to make dog toys out of upcycled tee shirts and donate them to dogs at the Humane Society or AniMeals. Some of the groups planned visits to the shelter to play with dogs and give them their gifts directly.

Bathroom privacy

Rohanna - Missoula, Montana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
7
Total Hours Served
24
Lowell elementary is going through a major reconstruction project. This left their bathroom in a pretty weird state. The door consists of a temporary privacy panel, that people from the hall can see around. Girls in our group worried about boys that were loitering and playing in the halls near the exposed bathroom. Girls took action by making signs and posting them near the door to remind bystanders of their privacy and alert school staff that this was an issue for the girls.

Lucky Lessons

Angela - Valparaiso, Indiana - May 24, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
203
The students made fleece blankets for the animals in our local animal rescue. We took up a collection of items the rescue needed and donated items to the rescue. The students created books about animals and dedicated them to our canine friend,Lucky, with whom we are pen pals with. Lucky teaches us life skills through her owner. We took field trip to Lakeshore paws Rescue to present our donations and read our stories to the animals.

CT Humane Society Drive

Roxy Ann - Canton, Connecticut - May 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
61
Total Hours Served
495
School wide drive for dogs, cats, birds in the CT Humane Society. Kids Care Club initiated a school wide drive for animal food, toys, bedding and more. We filled 25 boxes in April 2017.

Gardening project

Heather - New York, New York - May 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
31
Total Hours Served
603
Regular gardening projects

Weekly reading program

Heather - New York, New York - May 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
23
Total Hours Served
2282
We do a weekl reading program in Staten Island with club members and youth ages 5-10.

HEALTH for Youths Cleanup Project

Heather - New York, New York - May 23, 2017
Total Volunteers:
41
Total Hours Served
122
This is a monthly project that we do. We cleanup areas of State. Island, and also do beautification.

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