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Grade 8 Science Lessons Grow into Charitable Giving Project
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Turkey in late October, just as 8th graders in Ms. Karlin’s Earth Science classes began learning about tectonic movement and earthquakes. Though this was not a local issue, CGPS students recognized their place in the world and wanted to help the survivors. Integrating current events, science-in-action, and an opportunity to nurture a connection between school and humanitarian efforts, students decided to Bake for Relief. Each class democratically decided where to donate: Red Crescent for medical support/supplies, World Relief to provide clean water options, and ShelterBox for housing assistance. Their bake sale raised roughly $525, and those funds were split equally among the organizations. This was a great, compassionate experience for many 8th grade students as they grow to become global citizens.
After the unseasonably early, and extremely destructive tornadoes ripped through the Midwest in early March, Ms. Karlin led her students through another philanthropic journey. As their weather unit in Earth Science concluded, students decided to fundraise for a few communities that experiences particularly devastating weather. 8th graders baked goods, advertised, and sold treats, and raised enough to donate $100 to 3 communities: Henryville, IN, Joplin, MO, and North Forney, TX (these communities were selected by the students after researching especially distressed areas). Additionally, the remnants of the CGPS lost and found were donated to Joplin, MO. Financial donations were sent to local schools, which had established initiatives for relief/recovery funds. With the help of Mr. Elzar Grinstein, Ms. Eileen Ryan, and many 8th grade students, CGPS was able to be a part of a national recovery effort.
PHOTO CREDITS Top photo: University of Southern California. Photo above: BBC Europe