As she hoisted canned food into the cart of an elderly woman this afternoon, 12-year-old Elizabeth Calderon said she’d learned something new about her community.
“There are lots of people in need that we need to help out,” the Northwestern Middle School sixth-grader said. But she also learned this: “It’s great helping people out.”
That’s exactly what Melissa Hatmaker said she wants to hear.
and 19 of her classmates were at the Community Action warehouse today
as part of a service learning project organized by Hatmaker, a
sixth-grade math teacher at Northwestern. Hatmaker said she started the
project this school year to expose students to volunteerism and show them they can make a difference.