As our fourth graders continue their service learning in regards to Hunger, we have chosen to support the Pine Pantry. The Pine Pantry has six locations in Oklahoma City to assist those who may be experiencing food insecurity in our community. Their motto is simple, “Leave what you can, take what you need.” When we reached out to learn more, the founder, Aley Cristelli, shared that the people stopping by enjoy small gestures of kindness. Our students made valentine cards and attached them to a small nutritious snack. Families then volunteered to deliver the special treats!
Through our community service learning initiative, Westminster 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.
First graders have been exploring their local school community and neighborhood to learn about different jobs and responsibilities within a community and recently applying what they learned to create their own businesses.
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.
Third graders will apply their knowledge of the past to better understand, “How do where and when you live impact how you utilize water?” The third grade study of ancient civilizations includes the need for societies to develop their populated areas near and around water resources.
This year sixth graders will explore the questions, “Is Oklahoma City doing enough to prepare for climate change?” Students will begin by investigating climate change, its causes, and its potential impacts globally, nationally, and locally. Driven by student interest, this interdisciplinary project will evolve over the course of the year and touch on issues as varied as energy production, graphing, lobbying, disaster preparedness and polar bears.
The seventh-grade Community Service Learning program focuses on the question, "Does America fulfill its promises to Veterans?" Seventh graders will learn about different ways to serve the country, first-hand experiences of those who've served, the resource available to Veterans, and the challenges Veterans may face when they return home.
In the eighth grade, students are taking a deeper look at poverty – the causes, stratification and societal implications associated with a fundamental lack of resources – pasting all toward answering the essential question, “Is poverty necessary?”
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