Cards and Activities
During the pandemic, the 6th grade Gold Team Teachers from Castle North Middle School in Indiana collaborated to help their students complete several service-learning projects. The team set up clear steps and Zoom lessons to virtually guide students through the service-learning process. All of the students were motivated to make a difference. Each student identified a need related to the stay-at-home order, conducted research, planned a project, took action in their community, and created a reflective report. In total, Castle North Middle School students completed 118 service-learning projects between March and May 25, 2020! This is one of them.
For the project Cards and Activities to Cheer Nursing Home Residents, Katelyn learned that elderly residents at local nursing homes were not able to have visitors and were missing their friends and family. To provide love and cheer, she created cards that were then delivered with the help of her mom. The duo's efforts brightened the day of many residents at the local facility.
Katelyn reflected, “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to help people. Sometimes a little time and effort go a long way.”
Consider using the Service-Learning Toolkit to Grow Kindness for a list of service project ideas and resources that are designed to spark ideas for actions related to kindness and good deeds.
***Here are directions to a Simple Safe Service project from home: Interview a grandparent or elderly friend to find out what they did for fun when they were young, and how it is the same and different than you. Follow your phone or video interview with a card in the mail.