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Amanda Parfitt

Durham, NC, United States


Story about our service learning project.


Habitat Helpers

Our Mission Githens, Starfish Helping Hands

Wow! Where do I begin. In September of 2013 our sixth grade students (all 106) embarked upon a service learning project to create an outdoor learning environment to be used in conjunction with our Science curriculum. There were many facets of our project and we attempted to weave within our project our other core subjects, Language Arts, Social Studies and Math. The kids were part of every step forming crews (brick layers, reporters, photographers, contractors, cost reporters, etc.) 21 in all. They even had their own identification badges. We worked together to clear and clean debris from the area around a path which travels from one of our parking lots to the football field. We work with organizations like the City of Durham and Keep Durham Beautiful to obtain tools and dumpsters. We then worked with others to begin building habitat houses for our area critters. The students constructed four houses (bat, butterfly, blue bird and owl) and placed them in areas where the homes will be used during next mating season. The students planted native plants, removed briars, built a bench, painted a mural, fixed and painted a broken sign, learned about nature, worked together and played. We would like to continue to create more natural habitats, and keep kids learning in a hands-on manner.

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