Service-learning Grants are available to Bethlehem Area School District teachers to implement high-quality service-learning projects. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects that engage students socially, civically and academically. A high-quality service-learning experience combines meaningful service with in-depth learning. Service-learning begins with classroom content and moves into the community through the planning and implementation of a service-project.
2021 /2022 Service-Learning Grant Recipients
“Charger Care Closet,” – East Hills Middle School, Sarah Quay Matyus
Description: The Charger Care Closet (CCC) is a service-learning project geared toward helping the students in need at East Hills Middle School have access to clothing, shoes, school supplies, and hygiene products. It promotes family and community partnerships by giving students and families access to essential items. The CCC has the ability to improve the students’ lives.
2020 /2021 Service-Learning Grant Recipients
“Engineer Girl Society Collaboration with Broughal and East Hills,” – Freedom High School, Grace Dugan
Description: A group of young ladies from Freedom, along with their teacher advisor, is starting the Engineer Girl Society club.They will work with students at Broughal and East Hills as mentors to introduce them to the engineering field and encourage them to consider enrolling in PLTW Engineering courses at Freedom. This grant would cover the club’s start-up expenses for supplies and transportation.
“Students Call for Social Justice Conference,” – Liberty High School, Robin Alonzie
Description: The LHS Lady Leaders and their teacher advisor would like to plan a social justice conference in the spring. It could take place in person or via Zoom. This grant would underwrite the conference expenses.
“My Survival Kit,” – Marvine Elementary, Sonia Strockyj
Description: This kit would provide some tools to help the students, both in school and at home, by helping them to focus on learning and manage their emotions when they are finding it hard to focus.
“William Penn Garden Gnomes,” – William Penn Elementary, Cristy Meyers
Description: The William Penn Garden Gnomes would like to expand their program from 10-15 students to the entire school. The purpose of this program is to teach the students about the importance of recycling. Everyone will be involved in the process with projects throughout the school year.
“Loads of Fun,” – William Penn Elementary, Ashley Schellhaas
Description: William Penn Elementary School has 80% of their students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. As a school community, their goal is to make sure all the students and families have access to food, physical and mental health care and clean clothing. This impacts their attendance throughout the school year. This grant would allow the school to purchase a washer and dryer for a laundry program so students can have clean clothes. The laundry program would be a part of “The Leader in Me” curriculum getting the students involved and helping with doing the laundry.
2019/2020 Service-Learning Grant Recipients
East Hills Middle School, Not so ugly ‘Ugly’ Quilt, Rosemarie A La Barre
Description: Students will design a quilt in their Family and Consumer Science class, to serve a struggling population. Students will then identify a cause within the community that can benefit from the donation of quilts they design and create in class.
East Hills Middle School, The Memory Project, Carla Majczan
Description: The Memory Project’s Global Art Exchange is our new program or younger participants. In this one to one exchange, American elementary and middle school students engage in positive citizen diplomacy by exchanging handmade, heartfelt artwork with kids from counties that are culturally very different from the USA. Currently, we are exchanging artwork with Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Syria.
Fountain Hill and Donegan Elementary SchoolsArt Studio Postcards, Rachel Lynn and Tiffany Anderson
Description: This project will create a sense of community and encouragement between the South Side elementary schools. Students will work individually following the ‘Teaching for Artistic Behavior” format to develop personal works of art and then share their process and thoughts with students of the neighboring elementary school through postcards.
East Hills Middle School, Read across America Day- Book Buddies, Colleen Richards
Description: This program will provide an opportunity outside of the classroom to help build confidence in reading aloud in another language. Funds will be used to develop a comprehensive world language library.
Freedom High School, ESOL Service Learning Projects, Erin Jordon
Description: Students will manage activities and develop activities for local senior citizens within the local community, with an emphasis on practicing the English language.
Liberty High School, LHS and Backpack Pals, Chad Radler
Description: The Backpack Pals program and the students from the Life Skills Support and STEPS classes at Liberty, will be partnering together for the 2019/2020 School year and beyond to continue to serve needy families within the BASD.
Lincoln Elementary School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Traci Millheim
Description: We are planning a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service-learning in January 2020. The day will be divided into several components: Educational readings, a theater troupe presentation on civil rights and social justice, and various service projects.