Students at Breakthrough Magnet North Care Beyond Themselves though Service Learning Projects
Spotlight on Excellence April, 2013
Building Character One B.R.I.C.K at a Time: Students at Breakthrough Magnet North Care Beyond Themselves though Service Learning Projects
As part of the character education theme at Breakthrough Magnet North, students are encouraged and empowered to care beyond themselves by identifying ways that they can help others in their school, home, and community. Interest in supporting education in Guatemala arose last spring, when second and third graders, after listening to a story about the life of a Mayan child in Guatemala, began asking questions about poverty and why more children weren’t in school. This discussion prompted the students to organize a drive to collect school materials to donate to a rural school in Guatemala. Breakthrough North’s Spanish teacher brought the materials to the Milagros School last July. This newly built school is nestled in a remote community, accessible only by footpaths. Many of the children had never been to school before – including a fourteen year old boy who was in first grade – because there wasn’t a school close enough to them. The word “Milagros” means “miracles” in Spanish; as its name implies, the Milagros School brings the miracle of education to students who would not otherwise have it.
When we started this community service learning project our goal was $500.00. With the support of our Breakthrough North community we have exceeded our goal and raised $1200.00 thus far. We will continue to collect donations and are planning to have an art show sale in conjunction with our Show our Stuff event on May 24, 2013. This event hosts performances from each class that showcase our vision of creating a “global world for students of outstanding character!”
Students at Breakthrough Magnet North will continue to develop their character skills and embody the philosophy of caring beyond themselves through service learning projects. “It is the air we breathe,” says the staff at Breakthrough North. Helping others to be successful and bringing our community together is what motivates our learning and allows us to develop the whole child.