For the third year in a row, my class is engaging in a number of outreach projects that meet Ontario curriculum expectations while benefitting others in the community and beyond.
Throughout the school year, we will be adding outreach projects to this overview, with links to blog posts about particular projects. Check back from time-to-time, to see what’s new.
Here is a list of our projects to date:
- Food drive for orphaned wildlife
- Writing project in support of Habitat for Humanity
- “Book Character Dress Up Day” in support of polar bear conservation
- Food drive for The Sharing Place food bank
1. SECOND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE FOR ORPHANED WILDLIFE
Orphaned baby animals being raised for release at wildlife rehabilitation centres need to be fed natural foods from the environment to ensure that they receive appropriate nutrition and also so they know what foods to look for after they are released.
Building on last year’s “wildly” successful two week food drive in support of two local wildlife sanctuaries, this year we expanded our campaign to three weeks, and provided food for overwintering orphaned animals at Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, in Rosseau, Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge, in Pefferlaw, and Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary, in Minden.
Our class organized and promoted the food drive, inviting students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 to contribute acorns, pine cones, maple keys, black walnuts, apples and sumac. In terms of curriculum, the project met expectations in math, science, literacy and character education.
We collected 217 kgs. (almost 500 lbs.) of acorns, eight big boxes of pine cones and numerous boxes of the other food items on the list above.
A load of food headed for Woodlands Wildlife Sanctuary
These are links to blog posts about the food drive:
2. EXPLANATORY WRITING IN SUPPORT OF HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The topic for this writing project is “What Home Means to Me.” For every entry received, builder Genworth Canada will donate $5.00 to Habitat for Humanity. Our class is hoping to raise over $100. with our writing.
This is the contest website: http://meaningofhome.ca/
We have a representative from Habitat for Humanity coming to the school, to share the organization’s vision and work with students, on October 24th.
More to follow…
3. ”BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY” IN SUPPORT OF POLAR BEAR CONSERVATION
On Thursday, November 13th our class will be inviting students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Students who wish to participate will be asked to donate a toonie (the coin with polar bears pictured on it), in support of polar bear conservation.
Our class will be engaging in several literacy activities that day, around the book character theme.
Proceeds from our school’s dress up day will be donated to World Wildlife Fund Canada, earmarked for polar bear conservation.
More to follow…
4. FOOD DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF THE SHARING PLACE FOOD BANK
This year, our class will be organizing and promoting our school’s annual food drive for the local food bank.
As an added incentive, for every 100 lbs. of food donated, Mrs. Black will volunteer for an hour at the food bank, or Lighthouse soup kitchen, to a maximum of eight hours.
More to follow…
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