At Silverton high school in Silverton, OR, one of the graduation requirements is the completion of a Senior Service Learning Project. This is a capstone course to each student’s high school experience, as well as a bridge across the gap between High School and College or a Career. The senior project is an active learning project designed to create a career related learning experience. Beginning in the junior year, each student will design a project with the following question in mind: ”How can I use my career direction, interests, or skills and abilities to create a product or experience that benefits the community or helps someone?”
Valerie Schockelt chose to do her capstone using the essential question “How can I use my interest in helping others and my skills in teaching to help support the less fortunate people in the community by helping children create holiday cards to sell for Teens Fighting Hunger?” Valerie went to a number of schools in her district, presented data on hunger statistics for the student audience, engaged them in art to design cards for sale at local events and to parents as well. In her spare time, during the past month, she raised more than $562 to fight childhood hunger in her local community. TFH will match her earnings in order to make an even larger donation to SACA, the Silverton Area Community Aid.