Every year, the students in Need in Deed classrooms tell us what community issues they care about and why. Whatever issue they choose, we support them in designing and implementing a project that will help make a difference in their community. With their teacher as a guide, their issue and project becomes a lens for learning, the context for key concepts and skills in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies, as well as social and emotional skills.
When we ask students what they care about . . .
What did they care about? The students in Ms. Seitz’s 6th grade class began the year building a sense of community in their classroom. They wrote poems about themselves and shared the history of their names. They even participated in a community peace rally. The school community faces a number of challenges and the students […]Learn More
McCall 8th graders help spread awareness about sexual assault What did they care about? Leslie Greenberg’s 8th graders began the year exploring a wide range of social issues and making persuasive presentations to their classmates to determine which issue would be the focus of their service-learning project. After powerful points were made, two topics emerged […]Learn More
Cayuga 5th graders host Pet Expo to educate their community What did they care about? Like many children, Pam Kieffer’s 5th graders were concerned about the fact that many dogs and cats were living in shelters or on the street. They wanted to know what they could to do to make sure the pets […]Learn More
Russell Byers 4th graders want to see change happen What did they care about? Developmentally, 4th graders are often fixated on the idea of fairness. They are passionate and outspoken when they perceive something in or outside the classroom to be unfair. Toward the beginning of the school year, Lucy Strother’s students participated in […]Learn More
Bache-Martin ESOL Students create museum to help fellow students celebrate their home cultures. What did they care about? Rachel Gelb’s students are learning English and adapting to a new culture. They loved the chance to come to class and talk about things they wanted to change about their community. As conversations unfolded it became more […]Learn More
What did they care about? Thanks to a partnership with Fox Chase Farm Sonia Thornton’s 3rd grade class were able to make weekly visits to the farm. On an early visit, they noticed the bee hives and, of course, the bees! The children panicked, screaming and running from the bees, swatting and trying to kill them. […]Learn More
21st Century Waste Management: Keeping Tilden Middle Community School Clean and Green! What did they care about? Tilden Middle School is a community school in southwest Philadelphia, so Cheryl Padgett recognized early on that they had built-in partnerships to expand on. She knew a yearlong project would be perfect for her students with autism, as […]
What did they care about? Sarah Beverly’s 7th grade students at Lea Elementary in West Philadelphia began the year with a motto: “Change makers learn to read and write so that together we can change the world.” This motto set them up to write their own mission statements, design intersectionality identity plates, interview family members […]