This year Madison’s second grade teachers and students were motivated to do a service-learning project by the book The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern. After reading the book, they knew they wanted to help those in need, but first they would need to raise money. They decided to do an Art Gala and Auction. Each of the four second grade classes learned a different type of art, and the students wrote Artist’s Statements to go with their masterpieces. They raised $981 at their auction!
Next they needed to learn HOW to help people in need. For that they turned to a local charity organization and interviewed two individuals who participate in weekly donation campaigns to benefit the homeless people of San Diego. The second grade students took notes on all the suggestions made by the experts, and then each classroom voted on which items they felt would be most important to include in the care packages.
The teachers shopped for the items, and then the second graders stuffed 120 brightly colored cinch sacks to be distributed by the charity organization. This video was made by one of the organizers to thank the Madison second graders. Our team showed it to the students along with the Kid President video on being a hero.
Madison’s second grade teachers and students definitely are heroes!
Christine Sphar, Principal
Madison Elementary School