Service Learning for Hawthorne Students
Hawthorne Elementary students and their partners from Westminster College have collaborated in an annual service learning activity for more than ten years. College students help create a variety of service projects appropriate for students in grades K through 6 and spend their time guiding the Hawthorne students through the various steps of the projects.
As the Westminster students work side by side with their younger counterparts, they share information about their classes and activities and encourage the younger students to plan for a college education. Hawthorne’s volunteer coordinator, Kathy Harvey, spends weeks collecting materials for some of the projects so that they are student-ready on the Day of Service.
This year, projects included making dog and cat biscuits for animal shelters, tying quilts for the Road Home Shelter and the Humane Society, stuffing backpacks with school supplies for refugee students, creating hygiene kits, and decorating boxes for food drives. In addition to the service learning activities, Westminster computer students helped a class to learn coding, Westminster aviation students helped a class to learn about flight, and Westminster theater students helped a class to learn about acting.
Author: Marilyn Taft, Hawthorne Elementary School