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Cloth Napkins: One for You and One for Me!
For Immediate Release: December 16, 2011
For more information: Stacy Lancour 337.0311

Cloth Napkins: One for You and One for Me!

Stacy Lancour, third grade teacher at CLK Elementary, spearheaded a Service Learning project for the entire 3rd grade class titled, "One for Me, One for You."

The students decorated two reuseable cloth napkins; one for themselves and the second to give to senior citizens at the holiday dinner provided by Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) on December 25 at Sacred Heart Church in Calumet.

The Service Learning project, One for You, One for Me! is an extension of CLK's Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative’s (LSSI) project from last year where students decorated a reusable cloth napkin to help reduce the amount of waste at each meal. Each third grader made a napkin to keep (or give as a holiday gift), and another to give to elders served at a community dinner sponsored by Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Napkins were decorated with a Michigan theme, demonstrating what third graders are learning in Social Studies.

Cathy Aten, Volunteer/Program Coordinator from LBFE met with third grade students to talk about the purpose of Little Brothers and the needs of the elderly. The third graders were not only attentive, but were well informed about the services Little Brothers provides. Many made connections to their neighbors and grandparents, several shared their experiences helping at community dinners, and all came away with some great ideas about volunteerism and the power of helping others.

After the presentation, each class ate a chili luncheon in their own classroom complete with cloth tablecloths, polite conversation, and the experience of a community meal. Each classroom had at least one visitor from Little Brothers as a guest, and conversation ranged from the differences in school now and then, to holiday plans and everything in between!

The napkin project reinforced lessons learned through the school-wide Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative which focuses upon creating and maintaining a garden plot for each class, in an effort to grow nutritious, organic food that saves energy and reduces pollution compared to food shipped to the Keweenaw from around the world. In addition, LSSI students look for ways to serve the local community, share what they have learned, and address stewardship concerns in their community and in the Lake Superior watershed.

Funding for this grant was provided by Learn and Serve Michigan, supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The Learn and Serve program funds and assists in the development of high quality service-learning programs in K-12 schools and in community-based organizations. Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that connects meaningful service to the community with academic learning.

To learn more about the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, visit: CLICK HERE

To read about the CLK Elementary school garden project, visit: CLICK HERE


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