Monday, November 8, 2010

The Giving Quilt Project

 Over the past month the students of Glenwood City have worked collaboratively on a community outreach project between the Elementary School and Havenwood Assisted Living. Each class at Glenwood Elementary school created a class quilt representing a way in which they can give to their community. The Giving Quilt Project began with the story, "The Quilt Maker's Gift," By Jeff Brumbeau, Illustrated By Gail De Macken. Following the story the students were asked how the quilt maker in the story helped others and how they thought they thought they could help others in need. Each class developed a list of human basic needs, which led each grade to a theme. The students also discussed how one act of kindness has the ripple effect on one's many communities, similar to a pebbel being dropped into water. Through this project the students developed an understanding of their many communities, and how we rely on one another. The Show is currently on exhibit at Glenhaven Assisted Living Facility in Glenwood City Wisconsin.  This unit served as a capstone project to my student teaching at the primary level.  It was a great learning experience in donation applications, community outreach organization (parent volunteers!), and show installation. We held a reception for the student artists last week- it was great to see the students sharing what they had created with their families!

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