Running for Cystic Fibrosis

Third graders at Kelly Elementary researched cystic fibrosis and created a video that was shown to the entire school. All students learned about breathing and its effects on physical fitness in PE class. The school will participate in a color run to raise money to give to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Students are very passionate about the cause because one of their fellow students has the disease and they wanted to help others understand how it affects her and others.

The fundraiser runs through the end of the school year and students hope to raise $1,500 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

To learn more about Cystic Fibrosis and how you can help, visit: https://www.cff.org/.

Project: Love the Homeless

5th graders at Florence Elementary collected boxes of cereal, deodorant, and flip-flops for The Emergency Shelter of NKY in Covington, KY. The shelter serves as a warm shelter for people experiencing homelessness on cold nights, as a cool shelter for the homeless on extremely hot days, as well as shower initiative where people experiencing homelessness can shower and get their laundry washed.

The shelter is funded solely by donations, grants, and outreach. In class, the 5th grade studied rural areas, our community, and covered empathy and perseverance during sessions with our school counselor.

 

During and after the donation drive, students graphed the items collected and researched homelessness in our community to explore the causes of, and possible solutions for, homelessness. Before the project started, the executive director, Kim Webb visited the classes to explain what their organization does and provided statistics and information about the shelter. As part of the celebration, Ms. Webb returned to Florence Elementary to pick up the donations and listen to student reflections. Through this outreach, students learned a greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, and moral development. Students applied the skills learned to be understanding and empathetic, and hope to inspire others.

The total donations given to the Emergency Shelter of NKY reached 1,368!

Miscellaneous food and drink: 201

Cereal: 659

Deodorant: 134

Flip Flops: 15

Dental: 46

Laundry: 1

To learn more about The Emergency Shelter of NKY, visit: http://emergencyshelternky.org/

 

Students at Florence Elementary counting and sorting personal hygiene items for The Emergency Shelter of NKY.

St. Clement Kindergartners Perform Random Acts of Kindness

Kindergartners at St. Clement started their service-learning project by brainstorming how to be a kind citizen.  They gathered ideas such as giving flowers, being nice, not fighting, giving a hug, sending a card, and drawing someone a picture. They decided they wanted to draw pictures to show their friends a random act of kindness.  This sparked the idea to send a letter to each class in the school to surprise them and brighten their day. Each morning the students came together as a class to write a short note and draw a picture to be delivered to a grade in the school. Students also created a Kindness Tree where the entire school could post additional ways to be kind to others.

Students learned that relationships depend on love, respect and caring for the feelings and needs of others. They learned that a small act of kindness can go a long way.  The other students at St. Clement started saying hello to the kindergartners in the hall.

The students hoped to inspire others to be kind and spread kindness.  The idea that one small act can reach out beyond ourselves to bring joy and happiness to those in their school community.

To reflect, students sat around the Kindness Tree and read all of the new hearts that had been added since they started.  They discussed ways to be kind that were similar to the ones we thought of originally and looked at new ways to be kind that other students in the school shared.

Want more ways to perform random acts of kindness, visit: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

4th and 5th graders at St. Clement Adopt a Sea Turtle

Fourth and fifth-grade students at St. Clement worked together to educate the student body, plan and run a fundraiser to adopt a sea turtle.  Students made connections to this project in their science, social studies, math, language arts and religion classes.

Through their project, students learned map reading skills, about turtle habitats, how to write informational text and money math skills.  At the end of the project, students reflected in religion class on how they became better stewards of the environment.

Students made many connections to their project across all areas of study:

  • Through science class, students learned about the various marine species, noting the delicate balance of the ecosystem. This led students to better understand just how life-threatening pollution is to marine life.  Students learned how plastic bags look like jellyfish, which is the main food source for sea turtles.  The plastic bags are mistaken for jellyfish, and when the turtles consume the plastic bags, the sea turtles often die.
  • Though social studies, students tracked the migration patterns of sea turtles across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Through math class, students applied their money math skills by setting a goal and then determining how much per person was needed to be collected for the purchase of an out of uniform pass to reach that goal.
  • Through language arts, students wrote a script to inform the school about their project as well as creating school announcements, posters and flyers.

Through their efforts, students raised $265 to adopt a sea turtle from Seaturtle.org.  This organization works to track, protect, and preserve nesting lands of the various sea turtle species by installing tracking devices on the back of the sea turtles.

St. Clement First Graders Leave No Dog Left Behind

First grade students at St. Clement collected items to donate to SAAP (Stray Animals Adoption Program) to help stray pets. They graphed the number of items each week on a hundreds chart, as well as on a large graph in the hallway. In math, students are currently learning about “one more, one less,” what number comes after, ones, tens, etc. Counting and graphing our collected items helped students practice the first grade standard “counting to 120 starting at any number less than 120.”

Students also baked dog biscuits and gave them to dogs we knew. When the students baked dog biscuits they learned about measurement as they followed the recipe, measuring out flour, salt, and water.

The students learned there are always people or animals in need of help. They learned you can do something for your community without getting anything in return and how good it can feel to do something for others.

SAAP was very grateful for the 182 items we collected for them. Student input was incorporated into the list of items to collect that they created. They also collectively came up with a goal to reach, which was 100 items. The students reflected in their journal about what they learned from this service learning project.

3rd Graders at St. Clement Spreads Holiday Cheer

This past holiday season, third graders from St. Clement School and their families made holiday cards for deployed U.S. soldiers.

Students learned about some of the sacrifices our troops make when joining the military. Students learned to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and consider how other people feel.

Students set the goal for how many cards we should send and then figured out how many cards each student needed to make to reach that goal. Students decided how to decorate their cards and what to write inside. Students also decided to ask their families to sign/make cards also.

Students spread holiday cheer in hopes of brightening the day of over 400 US soldiers who were away from their families for the holidays. Students reflected by having a class discussion about why we did the project, how they hoped the cards made the soldiers feel, and what else they can do for our troops in the future. Students then wrote in their journals by reflecting on the project by writing a prayer for our troops.

Students create holiday cards for our troops.

If you are a teacher would like to have your students participate in a similar project, here is how it aligns with state standards:

CS.3.1 Respond to the need to care for and share their gifts of time, talent, possessions, etc.

W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

St. Clement Students Raise Awareness and Funds for the Ed Colina Foundation

Sixth and Seventh graders from St. Clement incorporated service to the Ed Colina Foundation into their studies as they examined the negative effects of colonization on the continent of Kenya. In particular, they examined the long-lasting results of overpopulation, poor economic growth, and unstable government in the country of Kenya.

Students conducted their own research and created informative brochures to demonstrate what they have learned about Kenya. Students also invited a guest speaker to come and share his own experiences living in this country and read short African Folktale stories.

Students partnered with the Ed Colina Foundation to sell art from Kenya to benefit African schools.

In their Religion coursework, students learned about The Catholic Social Teachings, this particular project focuses on the Catholic Social Teaching of Solidarity.

In math class, students counted and took inventory of the art pieces and jewelry to sell.

During lunch and the school’s Open House, students in the 6th and 7th grade created an informative display about their service learning project and sold jewelry and art raising $800 for the Ed Colina Foundation.

At the end of the project, students will write a reflection essay on how this project affected their everyday lives and how it makes them look at the world differently now. They also will make any suggestions on how they think the project can be improved.

Hurricane Relief Efforts in NKY

Students all across Northern Kentucky took action to help victims of the recent hurricanes and educate others of survival tips and ways they can mitigate the effects of natural disasters.

Camp Ernst Middle School

1. Informational Hurricane Brochures

Sixth grade students at Camp Ernst Middle School researched many different hurricanes and also the different precautions that should be taken during their curriculum focused on weather and natural disasters. Students learned about the formations, dangers and what ends hurricanes. They also performed extensive research on past hurricanes, fatalities and how to make survival kits for future. Students interviewed survivors and decided the greatest impact they could have would be to create survival tips and brochures.

 2. Coffee Cart to benefit hurricane victims

Students review and discuss CNN Student News daily. In doing so, current events are presented in a personalized way so that students understand what is happening in the world, as well as how it affects them. With the recent hurricanes along the coastal areas many people have lost their homes and personal possessions and are struggling to survive. Students operate weekly a mobile coffee kiosk. For two weeks, proceeds from this coffee kiosk were donated to the American Red Cross to provide aid for hurricane victims.

3. The Principal’s Leadership Team Fundraiser

The Principal’s Leadership Team raised money for the victim’s of the current hurricanes. In the process students had to collaborate, communicate, and use their critical thinking skills. Through the process, students learned compassion through giving back to their communities. The students came up with the idea, organized and implemented the entire project.

Gray Middle School

8th grade students at Gray Middle School created a project using the guiding question: As engineers, how can we propose a plan to mitigate the effect of natural disasters in our community?

Imagineering Academy

Students from the Imagineering Academy produced original works of art to sell at the Ryle Craft Show in an effort to raise funds for Esquela Pepita Garriga en Caguas, Puerto Rico. Their original art met state standards for composition, color theory, and planning and modeling designs. Students learned how to put a monetary value on an artwork and sell it for commission. They learned new techniques and skills in painting, building, and 3D modeling. They also learned communication skills and public presentation. Students assisted in ongoing efforts to support the replacement of classroom supplies for the school in Puerto Rico and community outreach.

Longbranch Elementary School

Students set up a market to sell crafts, performance of things from Puerto Rico culture, dinner of Puerto Rico dishes raising over $3,000.

Ockerman Elementary School

Third graders at Ockerman Elementary contributed spare change to donate to the Houston Diaper Back. Students then counted the donations totaling $783, wrote and reflected about the experience.

 

St. Henry School

First graders read a story about hurricanes, looked at the pictures of St. Henry’s charity school in Texas, and we created cards of encouragement for them as well as brought in school supplies to send.

 

St. Philip

Depending on the grade level, students were taught about Hurricanes as Harvey was occurring. Some classes used current events pages and websites. The 5th-8th grade watched updates on CNN 10 and Channel One and read articles in scholastic magazines. After students learned about the devastation in Texas we asked them what we could do, or what they could do to help. There were a lot of ideas on what types of things we could collect and donate. It was concluded that we would find a school in Texas that was affected by the hurricane directly or because of flooding. Once we contacted a school that was willing to receive our help we held a fundraiser called Hats for Harvey. Students were able to be out of uniform and/or wear a hat to school for a donation, raising $600.

The Thornwilde Chorus Sings for Seniors

Fourth and fifth grade students in the Thornwilde Elementary chorus performed for seniors in their community this past holiday season. Students visited, Rosedale Green, a senior living home to sing holiday carols and visit with senior citizens in their community. Students learned different songs and melodies to share with the community.  The senior citizens’ favorite song was “Auld Lang Syne.”