As, Mr. Couros writes, sometimes we think of technology and innovation as synonymous. However, read about the assembly turned student service project as a meaningful example of NEW & BETTER!
Guest Post by Charla Treanor, DuJardin School Social Worker.
DuJardin participated in a whole school wide community service project in honor of this year's nationwide Character Counts! week. A speaker from the local Ronald McDonald House in Winfield came and spoke to our school about how the house helps families with a sick child at Central DuPage Hospital. As a way to support the Ronald McDonald House, all kindergarten through 3rd graders made welcome bags that will be given to families as they arrive at the house. The welcome bags contained games, puzzles, notepads, crayons, and a snack for the family to give either their child in the hospital or to a sibling of a child who is in the hospital. The bags also had note attached with a heart that said "Handmade with Love by DuJardin Elementary School".
The 4th and 5th graders tied 49 fleece blankets that will be given to the child or sibling as well.
DuJardin teachers were also a part of this project, as they spent one morning before school, preparing the blankets to be tied.
This project gave DuJardin students a hands on way to show empathy and compassion for others. They were asked to imagine how it would feel to be in the hospital or to have a sibling staying in the hospital and what it would feel like to receive a surprise such as a welcome bag or a warm blanket in a cold hospital room.
TALK ABOUT NEW & BETTER!