Southampton Middle School, Bel Air, MD
Successful Student Preservationists
By Bob Rinehart
SERVICE LEARNING COMPONENT:
Every September we introduce to our team students our Service-Learning project to save America’s Civil War Battlefields. Each day the students attend a 35 minute interactive presentation in our lecture hall. The daily presentations are displayed using Power-point and the students receive handouts that they put in to a notebook.
As the information is presented, the students begin to compile the needed details that they can use to construct a business letter, a friendly letter and posters advertising our T-shirt contest.
Each business letter is graded and corrected student copies will be photocopied and sent to our state and federal representatives. These letters contain facts concerning the threats to America’s Civil War Battlefields, reasons to save this Hallowed Ground and how the representatives can use their civic position to protect these battlefields. Next, the friendly letters are graded and the corrected student copies will be sent to friends and family living outside of the students’ residence. The friendly letters inform the recipient about our Service Learning Project, the threat to America’s Civil War Battlefields and why the student choose them to receive the letter.
Finally, the students create a 18” x 24” poster advertising our preservation effort and the T-shirt contest to the students and staff of Southampton Middle School. The posters are graded by the team teachers and the posters that meet all of the grade requirements are laminated and hung up around the school building.
PRESENTATIONS TO THE 6TH GRADE OF SOUTHAMPTON MIDDLE SCHOOL:
To inform the sixth graders at Southampton Middle School with additional information, ten team 8-B students are selected by the team teachers to present a 20 minute assembly. These students come to school ten times at 7:00am and work until 8:00am to create their group presentation. They use Power-point to develop their presentation and create handouts for the sixth graders. Throughout the assembly, the student presenters answer audience questions, have the sixth graders take notes and do calculations to find out how many acres of American Civil War Battlefield are destroyed every day, week, month and year. At the end of the presentation, Mr. Rinehart has the audience thank the presenters, discusses the Service Learning aspect of the project and how the sixth graders can become involved.
Our T-shirt contest begins in November with the students of Southampton Middle School working on their entries. The contest is completely voluntary and the participants must have their entries turned in to Mr. Rinehart the day before Thanksgiving break starts.
TWO ENTRIES FOR THE 2010 T-SHRIT CONTEST
Beginning in December the students and staff of Southampton Middle School can vote for their favorite T-shirt entries during lunch. Students from all four eighth grade teams take turns collecting money during their assigned lunch period. Every penny collected counts as a vote and at the end of December the drawings earning the most votes move on to the “ Top 5 ” finals in January.
When the voting begins in January, each drawing begins with a zero balance. The entry with the most money collected during January is our winner. During the month of February, we allow the students, parents and staff of S.M.S. to purchase T-shirts. We try to make at least $5.00 from the sale of each T-shirt.
2009 – T-SHIRT CONTEST WINNER – FRONT and BACK OF THE SHIRT
APPLEBEE’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST:
Applebee’s is hosting a pancake breakfast for us on Saturday April 10, 2010. As part of their community service component, Applebee’s allows organizations to hold fundraisers at their locations.
The students of our academic team are designing place mats and a brochure that will inform the breakfast participants about our Service Learning Project, the American Civil War Battlefield preservation efforts of Southampton Middle School students over the last eight years and the Civil War Preservation Trust.
Students will meet people at the door, act as hosts and servers. Adult volunteers and teachers will help bring food from the kitchen to the servers. (Students under the age of 16 cannot be in the kitchen according to Applebee’s policy) The restaurant can accommodate 300 patrons (from 8am – 10am) for the breakfast and we are going to sell our tickets for $6.50 per person. Applebee’s keeps $1.50 for each person attending the breakfast and we make $5.00 for each person attending. If someone buys a ticket but does not attend, we keep the $6.50 for our fundraiser. Ticket sales will take place during homeroom. Each ticket sale will be recorded on a spreadsheet so we can keep track of who attended the breakfast. Once the event is completed, we total all the money from the T-shirt voting / sales and the Applebee’s breakfast and print a check for the Civil War Preservation Trust. As of February 2010, Southampton Middle School has donated $14,700.00 to C.W.P.T.