GEMS Students Make a Difference

Target 4. Engaged Community Partners – FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.

Action Step – Plan and manage instruction around problems relevant to students and their community and develop solutions for authentic audiences.

Indicator of Success – Students challenge convention and make contributions in their community, state, and world.

Just before the holidays, GEMS Kindergarten and 1st Grade students found a way to support their local Georgia Food Shelf at a time when those in the community rely on it most!  This type of student leadership and community engagement are exactly the skills that we want our students to build as they progress through our school.

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The students decided to handcraft and sell bead bracelets with all proceeds to benefit the our local Vermont Fooddank.  The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont will go hungry.

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Students took great pride in their colorful creations for a cause! Relevance in a students education makes a tremendous difference in their engagement. Students were certainly engaged and motivated while working for the benefit of others.

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Students enjoyed displaying their beautiful bracelets for friends, parents, and teachers to admire (and purchase!) – all for a great cause.

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Most of all, the opportunity allowed everyone involved to support friends and neighbors in need. It was rewarding for the children to recognize that their contributions can make a difference!

If you would like to become involved with the Vermont Foodbank you can learn more here.


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