Through Westminster Connections, our community service learning initiative, teachers and students have researched and developed service learning extensions aimed to further the classroom curriculum. Below you'll find opportunities you and your family are welcome to investigate as projects you can volunteer with that will advance your child's knowledge of community issues they're learning about at school.
Although listed by grade level, Westminster families are invited and encouraged to take part in any service learning extension listed below.
In Keeping with the philosophy and practice of Maria Montessori, our youngest students are exploring the concept of peace by discovering peaceful areas in carefully prepared classroom environments. Reading and circle discussions about peace empower these young minds to assess "What is peace, and why is peace important?"
The first grade cross-curricular community service learning project is centered around the essential question, “Why do we need each other?” By the end of the year, our hope is that all first graders have an understanding of community and their place in it.
As a community extension opportunity the first grade classes sponsored an all-school sock drive in March that raised more than 1,100 pairs of socks they donated to the Homeless Alliance.
Second graders ask, “How do we affect the environment we live in, and how can we protect it for our future?” Through this question, students learn about protecting the environment for animals and humans. They explore how we all share the same planet and resources.
Second graders are putting their learning in practice through various activities throughout the year including: Engaging in Recycling Programs, Planting Trees, Viewing the Life Cycle and Migration Patterns of Monarch Butterflies.
The fourth grade's cross-curricular community service learning initiative begins with the essential question, “What does it mean to be hungry and how can we reduce this problem in our community?”
Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
As sixth graders transition to life in middle school, they will explore the multifaceted issues related to another group of people transitioning to a new stage of life: the elderly. From learning about the cultural significance and value of an elderly population to understanding the various challenges of aging and caring for an aging population, students will attempt to answer the essential question, “Do we have a responsibility to take care of others?”
Sixth graders are conducting a resource drive for Rebuilding Together. A bin is located in the entrance to the middle school for items elderly might need for a winter preparedness kit. For a list of items needed for this kit, please go to the link below. For more information about how you can support Rebuilding Together, please visit their website.
Seventh grade students are learning about pregnancy, expectant mothers, and young children. Our essential question is, “What is society’s responsibility, if any, for the care of pregnant moms, newborns, and unborn children?”
Seventh graders have conducted a resource drive and volunteered with Infant Crisis Services. For more information about how you can support Infant Crisis Services, please visit their website.
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