Care Baskets and Bags

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 Care Baskets for Pastors Who Care, Addison decided to encourage people who are helping others during the COVID-19 Crisis. She opted to make and give baskets to staff at her church.

The pastor was so moved by the gifts that he shared the experience with the congregation the following Sunday. One member of the church shared the project and Addison’s actions on Facebook stating that the students are “truly making a difference in our community”. The project was inspirational and positive during a difficult time.  

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: Help people look on the bright side by writing gratitude pen pal letters.