"Growing Together" Network News
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Harry C. Moores Foundation Continues Support of "Growing Together" Network
Columbus, OH—The Harry C. Moores Foundation, which provides charitable support to a number of humanitarian and educational efforts, has awarded a $15,000 grant to the non-profit organization Partnerships Make a Difference for the continuation and expansion of its “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network in the 2016-2017 school year. (Full story . . .)
Cassingham Elementary Students Support “Goodwill At Your Door” Program
Columbus, OH--This fall, the third grade classes at Cassingham Elementary School in Bexley got behind Goodwill Columbus and its new initiative called “Goodwill At Your Door.” They learned that Goodwill Columbus, hoping to solicit more donations of clothing and household items, planned to pilot the new “At Your Door” program in Bexley neighborhoods and that the program organizers were looking for ways to notify Bexley residents and encourage them to participate. To participate, residents call Goodwill Columbus and request a bin, which they can fill with donated items that Goodwill Columbus will pick up on designated days. (Full story . . .)
Snack Inequity Proves Point in Robert Louis Stevenson Classroom
As first-grade students at Stevenson Elementary School (Grandview Heights City Schools) walked single-file into the school cafeteria Friday, Sept. 4, for a morning activity, they undoubtedly spied the bowls full of Cheerios and M&M's on a table at the front of the room. Read more to see how teachers at Stevenson Elementary utilized Karen Patterson of "Growing Together" to facilitate a "One in Five" poverty simulation activity as an "Entry Event" for service-learning.
Educators and Community Representatives Gather to Address Local Issues
Columbus, OH—More than 100 K-12 Educators and Community Agency Representatives will gather at Mid-Ohio Foodbank on Thursday, July 30, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the annual "Growing Together" Service-Learning Network Kick-Off Workshop and Critical Issues Summit. (Full story . . .)
American Electric Power Foundation Continues Support for the "Growing Together" Network
Columbus, OH—The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Partnerships Make a Difference for the continuation and expansion of its “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network for 2015. The AEP Foundation (read more . . .)
Siemer Family Foundation Grant Awarded to "Growing Together" Network
Columbus, OH—The Siemer Family Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of The Columbus Foundation, has increased its continuing support of the “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network via Partnerships Make A Difference to $25,000.
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Columbus, OH—The “Power of Service-Learning” Student Leadership Summit and End-of-Year Celebration will take place from 4:30-6:15 p.m. on May 15th, 2014 at Mid-Ohio Foodbank. (Full story . . .)
Tremont Elementary First Graders Partner with Proctor & Gamble on Water Project
Upper Arlington, OH—The Tremont Elementary First Grade has partnered with Proctor & Gamble (P&G) to raise awareness of the significant global water issue and enable others to help solve this problem. The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) focuses on helping children in need around the world. The first graders will host the Water Olympics (read more . . . )
American Electric Power Foundation Awards Grant for Continuation and Expansion of “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network
Columbus, OH—The American Electric Power Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to Partnerships Make a Difference for the continuation and expansion of its “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network for 2014. The AEP Foundation complements a tradition of corporate philanthropy exhibited by American Electric Power and its regional utilities in support of AEP's community relations goal: "To support and play an active, positive role in the communities where we live and work."
With the help of this grant, the “Growing Together” Network will continue its efforts to support hundreds of central Ohio teachers and thousands of their students by providing in-depth professional development for teachers and supporting additional service-learning opportunities for students in the classroom and through service-learning leadership opportunities. The AEP Foundation has been a major sponsor of the Network, providing more than $375,000 in grants since 2010.
Tremont Elementary "Souper Bowl" Serves the Issue of Hunger
Upper Arlington, OH—Tremont Elementary teachers Erin May, Megan Brandenstein, Leslie Fewell, Ashley Ingram, and Gina Salvatore, along with their first grade classes, collaborated with Hastings Middle School teacher Elizabeth Egbert’s seventh grade art students on an “Empty Bowls” service-learning project to raise awareness and money around the issue of hunger. Full story . . .
Bexley Middle School "Community and Service Day" a Success
Bexley, OH—Bexley Middle School has a long tradition of service to the community through such events as their Harvest Festival and their annual clothing drive to benefit (read more . . .)
Siemer Family Foundation Grant Awarded to “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network for Third Consecutive Year
Columbus, OH—The Siemer Family Foundation has granted $10,000 to the non-profit Partnerships Make a Difference through The Columbus Foundation’s The Big Give 2. Full story . . .
Ridgemont High School Teachers Inspire Students Through Science and Creative Writing
Mt. Victory, OH—Environmental science teacher Araina Johnson and creative writing teacher Hannah Rust have combined efforts to lead their students in a service-learning project that will benefit younger students, libraries and charities in the area, and the Columbus Zoo! Read more . . .
Harry C. Moores Foundation Awards Grant for Continuation and Expansion of “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network
Columbus, OH—The Harry C. Moores Foundation, which provides charitable support to a number of humanitarian and educational efforts, has awarded a $10,000 grant (read more).
Upper Arlington Community School Delves into Service-Learning
Both experiential learning and service have always been priorities at the Upper Arlington Community School, and this year, language arts teacher Melissa Hasebrook and her colleagues are working with their students to design a high-quality service-learning project. Full story . . .
Students Take on Hunger Action Month Through Art
Grove City, OH – Central Ohio educators have long searched for more ways to teach about food insecurity and hunger outside of a typical non-perishable food drive. This is their opportunity.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOF) is partnering with educators through Growing Together Service Learning Network and Partnerships Make A Difference to facilitate a service learning project based around the issue of hunger. Students have from Sept 11-Nov 27 to research and submit visual art projects such as t-shirts, painting, drawing and sculptures. (Full news release . . .)
Columbus Foundation Awards Grant for Continuation and Expansion of “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network
Columbus, OH--The Columbus Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the non-profit organization Partnerships Make a Difference for the continuation and expansion of its “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network (continue reading)
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Awards Grant to Support “Growing Together” Service-Learning Leadership Seminar: Level 1
Columbus, OH—The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has awarded a professional development grant of $18,000 grant to the non-profit organization Partnerships Make a Difference. The grant will enable Partnerships to expand the base of trained service-learning practitioners in central Ohio through the “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network, a consortium of more than 25 urban, rural, and suburban schools.
The funds will support the 2014 “Growing Together” Service-Learning Leadership Seminar, Level 1, (continue reading)
by Bronwyn Ginty, AmeriCorps Fellow, Hanby Elementary
During the 2012-2013 school year, we completed over 15 service-learning projects at Hanby Elementary School! We tried a lot of different venues to provide the kids with opportunities to help different populations and work with different organizations. We started our year by taking a neglected garden and turning it into a "Growing Together Garden" where students sponsored and planted over 1200 tulip and daffodil bulbs. It was amazing in the spring to see what the garden looked liked and we got several letters from people in the community who also enjoyed our "Growing Together Garden", which symbolized three school merging into one. We also did food drives, toy drives and collected toiletries to make kits for the homeless. The second graders loved making homemade dog treats to sell for donations to Chloe's Project. Throughout all our projects we learning how our own community is affected, but also how many issues are larger than just our community. The emphasis on our service learning projects was that no matter if you are just a kid, we can make a real difference. Especially when we work together!
Jones Middle School and "Growing Together" Take Hunger Personally
Jones Middle School in Upper Arlington, Ohio leads the “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network through its Semester of Service to address childhood hunger in central Ohio . . . by Karen Patterson
This year, Jones Middle School is one of 11 schools in the country chosen to receive a $5,000 grant from Youth Service America and The Sodexo Foundation. The Sodexo Foundation School Engagement Grant program engages teachers and students, grades K-12, in learning about the incidence of childhood hunger . . . (read more.)
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