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Florida Middle School Students Learn and Serve

by 8th Grader

I am going into the 8th grade at Andrew Jackson Middle School in Titusville, FL. This summer I am a part of a week-long camp improving Jackson's Learn and Serve team. Learn and Serve is a club at my school and we do service projects that benefit both the recipient and the giver. We help the community and learn at the same time.

Teachers at our school come to us if they want to receive money from the government to fund service projects they would like to do with their classes. So for example if a class was studying pollution they could do a service project at the beach picking up trash. This way the beach is cleaner and the students get more hands-on activity with pollution.

This week at our "camp" we have been learning a little more about what our Learn and Serve group of Jackson has to do. For example, during this school year teachers will submit their projects to the committee (us). We will then decide if we should give the teachers the desired amount of money for their class. Unfortunately we cannot give everyone the money they ask for but we can help them improve their proposals to improve their chances.

This week we have also created something called summer bags. These are bags filled with activities for disadvantaged preschoolers, whose parents can't afford many activities this summer. In the summer bags there is a project for each week for the rest of the summer. These are learning activities and we hope these preschoolers will progress with their studies in kindergarten and beyond, all because of our bags. This helps them and us because we helped them develop basic skills. Also in our camp that lasted from 8 till 3 every day we made learning lockers and we helped preserve two historic houses in our town.

Thanks for your time and support. All of us here at Andrew Jackson Middle School wish you well, and are very excited about helping the community.

If you're a teacher or a student, see the Learn and Serve website to see how you can get your school involved.

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