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|Project Title: ||We Remember|
|School Year: ||2006|
|School - District:||John H Duval - Whitman-Hanson|
|Contact Name:||Holly D. Schjolden|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences|
|Grades:||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Community Need:||Veteran’s Affairs, Citizenship|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
550 students participated in the “We Remember” CSL project at the Duval Elementary School. On May 26, 2006, veterans from all branches of the armed services were invited to a special Memorial Day ceremony. Highlights of the ceremony included:
· posting of the colors by two former students who now are in the Army Reserves
· speeches by Kathleen Teahan, State Representative; Mr. Eaton, Veterans Affairs’ Agent; and Mr. Litchfield, VFW Commander
· patriotic music presented by each grade level
· original poems presented by fourth and fifth graders
· flag ceremony honoring deceased veterans
· retiring of colors
Classroom Activities included learning about the significance of Memorial Day, learning the patriotic music, and writing poetry. The children’s poems were read by the children and presented in a PowerPoint format. The ceremony was videotaped.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Citizenship—writing personal and historical narratives, gaining a greater awareness of our country’s history, learning songs which have special meaning to the people of our country.
|Service Component: |
Military careers and service to the country were honored. Veterans and the community attended the ceremony. All 550 students participated. April and May students and teachers worked on project.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
English Language Arts:
14.1: Identify a regular beat and similarities of sounds in words in responding to rhythm and rhyme in poetry.; 14.2: Identify rhyme and rhythm, repetition, similes, and sensory images in poems.; and 18.1: Rehearse and perform poems for an audience using eye contact, volume, and clear enunciation appropriate to the selection.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students will clearly have a say in what they write in their poems; students may also help decide how to invite veterans to the celebration, choose music to perform based on a few selections provided by the teacher, or be put in charge of selecting a menu to be served at the reception.
|Student Reflection Component: |
· “We have been very impressed with the wonderful efforts of the intermediate level students to create meaningful poetry to express sentiments towards those who have fought for our country. We have various enrichment programs throughout the year, however, the students realize that this program is different, the respect towards the veterans and their contributions to our country is important.” “We Remember” has become an annual tradition which is anticipated eagerly by the school and community, and participation becomes larger each year.” --Duval Teachers
· “It was the best experience of my life.” –Justin, a student who played saxaphone at the ceremony.
|Community Partners Involved: |
For a project like this community partners could include local veterans’ associations, chapters of National Guardsmen or ROTC, or non-profit organizations devoted to Veterans’ needs.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The two-hour ceremony served as a great celebration for the project. Refreshments were served to invited guests. The thank you notes from Veterans were shared with the students. The fifth grade escorts, student musicians, and other participants all received certificates of appreciation from the principal.
|Evaluation of Project’s Impact:|
The project was particularly effective because it involved the entire student population in an intergenerational event. Students and their teachers spent many hours practicing their music, writing, and researching. It was a schoolwide event with a strong community component.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
The biggest problem appears to be having enough room in the gym for all the students and community members who wish to participate.
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.