Sharing the language of learning: welcoming newcomers to the community can provide both a community service opportunity and a learning experience for students.Ever felt out of place? Were you careful not to look foolish? Could you just "fit in" without losing your identity?
Educating newcomers to help themselves provides the knowledge and security they will need to function better in the community, but it can also be a learning experience for your students.
Community High School in West Chicago, Illinois West Chicago is a city in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 23,469 at the 2000 census. Formerly named Turner Junction after its founder, John B. Turner, president of the G&CU In 1855. , has developed an integrated curriculum combining Spanish Spanish, river, c.150 mi (240 km) long, issuing from Spanish Lake, S Ont., Canada, NW of Sudbury, and flowing generally S through Biskotasi and Agnew lakes to Lake Huron opposite Manitoulin island. There are several hydroelectric stations on the river. native speaking (SNS SNS sympathetic nervous system. ) students and child development and clothing classes to teach about how to access and use the public library.
To ease the fear of the target group, the program focuses on the children--kindergarten through third grade. The children and their parents are invited to a special event where SNS students perform a puppet puppet, human or animal figure, generally of a small size and performing on a miniature stage, manipulated by an unseen operator who usually speaks the dialogue. show that they have created. The puppet show explains what the library has to offer and describes the process of using the facility. SNS and child development students read books and teach about the different types and uses of books.
At one of the events, Cable Com, the local cable company, came by to record the program and the process. After editing the program, the company began televising the event in Spanish. This program is now replayed throughout the year to advise newcomers to the community how to use the library. The video is also given to local school districts for instructional purposes.
To further help these newcomers understand the library system, the clothing classes make book bags that are used to show children how to care for books that are borrowed. It is important that the parents and children understand that the books are being loaned and not given to them. Prior to the event, parents are advised to bring proof of residency A duration of stay required by state and local laws that entitles a person to the legal protection and benefits provided by applicable statutes.
States have required state residency for a variety of rights, including the right to vote, the right to run for public office, the . That way they can immediately get a library card and put it to use.
Mentor Mentor, in Greek mythology
Mentor (mĕn`tər, –tôr'), in Greek mythology, friend of Odysseus and tutor of Telemachus. teams are formed between the high school students and a "target family." After the initial contact is made, the mentor team plans dates and times for future meetings. The mentoring portion of the program promotes continued success for the use of the library as well as continued education.
It is important to note that this is service-learning and not simply volunteerism vol·un·teer·ism
Use of or reliance on volunteers, especially to perform social or educational work in communities.
volunteerism . It does more than just make students "feel good about helping others," because the students are providing service to the community through curriculum goals. Educators collaborate to provide an opportunity for students to use their knowledge and help to educate others in the process.
This project was funded by the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant, which is administered by Youth Service America Youth Service America, or YSA, is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. (www.ysa.org) and funded by State Farm.
Patti R. Kozlowski is a family and consumer science instructor at Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, Illinois. She is happy to share video copies of the event for a fee and postage POSTAGE. The money charged by law for carrying letters, packets and documents by mail. By act of congress of March 3, 1851, Minot's Statute at Large, U. S. 587, it is enacted as follows:
2.-Sec. 1. . She can be reached at email@example.com. Copies of the event are available for lee and postage.