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Douglas MacArthur 2011-2012 Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Project to fight childhood hunger in their area.

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  • 1. Service Learning ProjectEnding Childhood HungerFall Semester Service Learning Project forDouglas MacArthur Elementary SchoolIndianapolis, IN

2. Students Research Facts4th and 5th grade students researched facts about childhood hunger in our community. They found out that students went to different locations in Indianapolis to receive meals during the summer. One of the places was the Indianapolis Childrens Museum.We established a partnership with their Sodexo employees. 3. Announcements and NewslettersA collaboration between students began bywriting and reading daily announcements onfacts about childhood hunger. Fifth gradersasked if they could work with the youngerstudents to read the announcements eachmorning. By the second week the students werewriting skits to say on the announcement tomake their research more interesting. Theywrote their own characters and used differentvoices. It was very effective. 4. The fourth grade students in Mrs. Campbells class wroteletters to mayoral candidates with their concerns aboutchildhood hunger in Indianapolis, IN. 5. Students Sorting And CountingDonated Food For Our Food Drive.Students collected, counted and sorted the daily donationsfrom each class. The student s then wrote announcementsabout the winning class. The announcements included factsabout the food pantrys weekend back pack program. 6. Chefs TableThe chefs were setting up their table for family night. Thisactivity was to teach children and parents how to make a quickand healthy meal. 7. Volunteer Sign In for Family Night 8. Newsletters Weekly newsletter articles were published in theschools newsletter. Mrs. Becker wrote blogsbased on what the students were doing for ourproject to end childhood hunger by 2015. Families were asked to go to andtake the pledge. Students, staff and parents discussed ideas aboutbringing awareness to childhood hunger andwhat individuals and families could do to help. 9. Lets Do SomethingStudents decided to write letters and create artprojects to bring awareness to ChildhoodHunger in our area. No only would this givestudent the chance to present ideas but it wouldalso advertise our FOOD DRIVE for GleanersFood Bank. 10. SecondGradersThis second grade class wroteletters to the mayor with theirideas about how to end childhoodhunger.This class had a great solutionwhich we used at Family Night.The class discussed having a bakesale and a lemonade stand.The students and their parentsbaked and donated cookies.Students set up the bake sale andlemonade stand. The madeposters, covered the tables tomake it look very inviting. Theypriced everything and had to keepa cash box that night.Students also madeannouncements through out thenight and offered special prices atthe end of family night. 11. Team Effort 12. Food DriveMaking posters for the food Student Drivendrive Students made posters toadvertise the food drive They added informationabout the weekendbackpack program whichprovides meals to studentsfor the week end to ensurethey have meals at home. 13. Setting Up The Kitchen For Family Night 14. Chefs from the Indianapolis Childrens MuseumSodexo employees from The Indianapolis ChildrensMuseum are ready to teach families how to prepare aneasy and simple meal. 15. Great American Bake Sale andLemonade StandStudents are setting up to sell donated bake goodsand lemonade at Family Night. All proceeds wentto Hunger Inc. a local food pantry. 16. Facts about childhood hunger wereposted. After reading facts about childhood hunger on the announcements, they were posted in the main hallway of school. 17. Getting Food Ready To Serve A Meal On Family NightWith over 45 volunteers and 250 participantsFamily Night at Douglas was a great success. 18. FamilyNightMark Smith, a local dance studio owner, is teachingdances on family night. Students and their parentswere learning how to do the swing. 19. Facts on Childhood HungerMore than 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. More than 17 million ofthose affected are children. 20. Children who struggle with hungerare sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized. 21. They are more likely to experienceheadaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue. 22. Hands Are Washed AndGloved Waiting ForCustomers. Students are showing the gloves they are wearing when working with food. 23. Students setting up for the bake sale for family night 24. Community VolunteersCommunity volunteers also brought theirown families to help out with our project. 25. Facts We Learned About Childhood Hunger1. Hunger impedes our childrens ability to learn and perform academically2. Undernourished children under the age of 3 cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.3. Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a childs ability to concentrate and perform well in school. 26. What We KnowUndernourished children under the age of 3 cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.Children who dont get enough nutritious food are more susceptible to the negative effects of skipping breakfast on their ability to think and learn.Hunger predisposes our children to emotional and behavioral difficulties. 27. More FactsHunger predisposes our children to emotional and behavioral difficulties.Hunger impedes our childrens ability to learn and perform academically.Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids. 28. HUNGER IMPEDES OUR CHILDRENSABILITY TO LEARN AND PERFORM ACADEMICALLY.Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food have more behavioral, emotional and academic problems and tend to be more aggressive and anxious.Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids. 29. Volunteers ArePresentedWith ThankYou Gifts Volunteers from Citizens Energy are presented with thank you gifts for volunteering for our service learning project. 30. Wrap Upo Students from each class collected,o A second food drive and fundcounted and sorted cans daily. raiser was organized for Hungerso Students wrote and read dailyInc.announcements about the food o Over $300.00 and 12 boxes of fooddrive. was collected for Hungers Inc. ato First place winners received a pizza our Family Night.partyo Students wrote thank you noteso Students organized family nightand decorated Christmas Stockingsthrough committee meetings to give to volunteers who workedo 1,500 pound of food was collectedat family night.for Gleaners Food Pantry. o Everyone at Douglas McArthur learned they can make a difference to end childhood hunger. o Families learned healthy recipes and activities. 31. What The Future Holds A community garden will be planted in the spring. Special education students, English language learners, and studentcouncil will begin planting vegetables and herbs in January with indoorgrow lights. Community members and parents will help establish an after schoolgarden club. A collaboration with the Chin and Hispanic community is being discussedto establish a partnership with their existing community gardens. A spring or summer family night is being discussed to harvest thecommunity garden and create recipes from the produce. A field trip to Gleaners Food Bank is being planned to show studentsmore about the weekend backpack program. 32. DEDICATION What can make 15 teachers, PTA presidents and 5 PTA members, 12Student Council parents, 16 students, 17 community members, 8teachers relatives and one assistant principal come together for onenight. Service Learning! Our staff, parents, community members, familymembers, and students worked together to raise awareness to endchildhood hunger. Service learning involves teaching the state standards while doingcommunity service. The project has an outline but, is student driven.Students are able to learn about their community, bringing awareness toissues, such as childhood hunger and work together to create solutions. Douglas MacArthur has done service learning projects for the past 4years. Each year more and more students, staff and parents get involvedto create a better community. 33. Thank YouEveryone For Your Support