Problems ~Nathan Soukup

After learning about our community service project, I was able to understand some of the problem people might face. People I may know could be struggling financially and donating to them could help them. Having a positive impact will improve others lives and help others by supporting them with food and donations. A memorable experience I have had participating in community service at Fenn was helping run the food drive. In order to receive donations, we need to tell people our plan and our goal for the food drive. We hoped to get food donations to help people who are in need of food. I went to the fourth-grade classrooms in the morning and talked about donating food and how it will benefit people and improve other people’s lives. After I talked about the food drive, all of the students seemed so enthusiastic about participating and donated to the Fenn School food drive. Each classroom I went to and explained the food drive, the students seemed intrigued and interested in the food drive. The outcome of the food drive was successful. The impact I had on the community was a success. I managed to convince enough students to donate. Donated will improve people’s lives and improve the community. It will improve the Fenn community and the local community. Seeing the fourth-grade students so enthusiastic about participating in the food drive is really a great thing. By encouraging the younger students to donate, I have had a positive impact in the community this year.

Impact ~Charlie Hutchinson

Making a difference can be small, but still meaningful. One of the most memorable moments during this year’s service project was when we were all brainstorming ideas on what to do as a group. Everyone was coming up with ideas and we were all working towards a common goal. Even though we didn’t actually get to carry out any of the great ideas it was really fun to see what others took interest in and how they wanted to fix those problems. This really showed how we could have gotten a lot more done if it was more of a committee than a required extra thing to do. We could have gotten through the ideas and actually worked hard on them to get through them, instead of only fitting the service in and around the school work and other commitments. I think that the service learning should be separate from the school and optional. I think this would get the kids who actually want to do it more excited and ready to work. It would also give them more time to work and more opportunities to get the job done.

How to Make Change ~Nico Bowden

The goal of any philanthropic adventure is to have some sort of impact on our community.  As 9th graders at Fenn, we are empowered to do this.  Students in Action was but a way to give us the motivation and means to make our own impact.  There is nothing to learn about having an impact on a community, so the only way to improve is to learn about how to have an impact on our community.  In this respect, we have learned more than we really need to know.  We had meetings where we discussed how to ask for donations, we had ways to figure out what we could do that could truly make a difference, and through all this developed a good idea as to what we needed to do.  A time when this really showed was when we were considering what we would do, and we came up with an idea to spend time with inner-city kids and hang out with them once a week.  We figured that doing this would make a larger difference than anything else we could do with what we had, and although we did not end up doing this for a few reasons, it shows how we perceived the task ahead of us.  Being part of Student in Action this year, in all honesty, has not taught me as much as I thought it would, but it still has made a difference.

Impact on The Community ~Jack Folz

One of the most important things in life is to have a positive impact on the community and students in action helped build our community service skills. Throughout the year the 9th grade has been taking part in multiple community service projects. First, it was the canned food drive, then it was Cradles to Crayons. Many of these projects helped make a positive impact on the community. A great example of this is heading home. Heading home helps homeless families find a home in Boston. What we do is pay and decorate the home or apartment. While the family is away we come furnish the home and when they come back there new house can be called a home. This leaves a positive impact on the community because we changing a families lives. Without heading home many families would be homeless because they would not have enough money to furnish their home but with the help of Heading Home, many families are able to buy their first home. Heading home is an amazing organization and has helped our school have a positive impact on our community. This is me of the many things the 9th grade has done during the school year