Jump Rope for Heart at Stephens Elementary

Jump Rope for Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches kids:

  • The importance of developing heart-healthy habits;
  • That being physically active can be fun; and
  • That by raising funds to support research and education they help save lives across the country and in their community.

Stephens Elementary project ran from October 12th -October 31st. They encouraged students to raise funds and help support the American Heart Association to become a Heart Hero and help save lives.

Rundown of events:

October 11th – Kick off assembly with Matt from the American Heart Association.

Thursday, October 12th – All special area classes combined for a day of JUMP ROPE!!

October 20th – Field Day with Jump Rope Center included

Physical Education teacher taught jump rope unit mid-October- mid-November.

Students who raised money to support the American Heart Association were recognized on the morning announcements weekly and their names were added to a bulletin board for others to view. The school raised a total of $4093.42 for the American Heart Association.

Students at Stephens Elementary raise $4093.42 for the American Heart Association.

To learn more about Jump Rope for Heart or to host your own, visit: http://american.heart.org/jump-hoops/

Mann Moving Mountains

Second graders at Mann Elementary are raising awareness/funds for Multiple Myeloma through a project they call Mann Moving Mountains.

They became interested in this cause because Dr. Detwiler. “Dr. D.” the Deputy Superintendent for the Boone County School District was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2016.

Dr. Detwiler will be raising awareness in the fall of 2018 when he climbs Mt. Everest (Kalapathar Summit = about 3.5 miles up). He has inspired the 2nd Grade Team to join him in his efforts to raise awareness and to help raise money to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma.

Through their research, they studied the human body (bones) and researched Mt. Everest. Students have learned how to use technology for research, facts about Mt. Everest, and the scientific name of many bones.

Students have also written songs, learned the importance of raising awareness for cures, designed t-shirts, assisted in the planning of a 5K run/walk by making posters and participating in morning announcements.

You can track their work here: https://www.sites.google.com/site/mannsecondgrade/home/2nd-grade-service-learning

Fifth Graders at Grant’s Lick Elementary host a Cozy Items Drive to benefit Family Promise of NKY

Fifth graders at Grant’s Lick Elementary wrote letters of opinion on their cause of choice and why it should be the organization we support this year. Students voted on the best letter and that student’s choice became our cause. Students held a “cozy items” drive to benefit families experiencing homelessness who were receiving assistance from Family Promise. Students created flyers and announcements to invite their fellow students to contribute.

Students spent time researching issues of homelessness and had a Q and A session with the Director of Family Promise when they went to deliver the over 300 blankets and pairs of socks they collected.

To learn more about Family Promise of NKY and how you can help, visit: https://www.nkyfamilypromise.org/

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.

Deer Park High School’s Senior Serve

Deer Park High School’s Senior Serve – Local12 from Steve Oldfield on Vimeo.

While the underclassmen were stuck taking state standardized tests, seniors at Deer Park High School outside Cincinnati spent the week engaged in helping more than a dozen non-profits in our area. We are grateful to Local12 for telling the story. This video was produced by the Service Learning Network, a project of Children, Inc’s Service Learning team.


Non-Profit Spotlight: Be Concerned

Be Concerned is a privately funded food pantry located in Covington, Kentucky. It was established in 1968 as a Christmas store and became a food pantry year-round in 1987. Their mission is to honor the dignity and humanity of all persons. Be Concerned does this by providing choices to their customers through what Andrew Brunsman, Executive Director of Be Concerned, says this is part of the dignity model Be Concerned promotes.

Be Concerned provides eighty pounds of food to approximately 615 families a month who live in Boone, Campbell, or Kenton County. Additionally, Be Concerned provides senior home deliveries to 90 seniors at four sites, as well as fifteen seniors who are homebound. They also have started what Brunsman calls “the weekend project”, which provides 800 meals a month for low income children who do not get to eat over the weekend at John G. Carlisle and Latonia Elementary. Be Concerned also recently started the college student food securement at Mount St. Joseph University. Brunsman delivered 34 grocery boxes during their third delivery. Be Concerned also has a thrift store, called Betty’s Treasures, at their site that anyone can shop at that provides other essentials like clothes and other items for a home.

“It comes down to volunteers. We’ve learned here that the food will always show up. You can ask people for food and they’ll get it, but people don’t always have time. What we could use the most are consistent volunteers for any length of time,” said Andrew Brunsman, Executive Director of Be Concerned. As they grow their programs, they need more help. Be Concerned uses Signup genius on their Facebook page for volunteers to sign up. Brunsman also wishes they had a better digital presence to let the community know what new things were going on at Be Concerned. Additionally, with the weekend project, variety with the meals is important so they need more microwavable individual cups with protein.

Patricia Weber, a regular volunteer at Be Concerned said, “The best part about volunteering at Be Concerned is the smiles and the gratitude you see on their faces and just to see how grateful they are.

“I’m most proud of the legacy that Be Concerned has left in the community of people caring and sharing. I’m proud of them to think of how many Northern Kentuckians our volunteers have fed over the years. I’m really proud of our reputation in the community for helping people and doing it on a mostly volunteer basis,” said Brunsman.

To learn more about Be Concerned, visit their website at beconcerned.org or visit their Facebook page Be Concerned.

by Guest Blogger:

Julia Justice Hall is a sophomore at Thomas More College majoring in Communications. She is originally from Georgetown, Kentucky.