Root squared

Creating a plan.

Building a volunteer program generated a variety of teaching opportunities. This project-based lesson was the theme of our technology class throughout the school year in 2011. We call the program Root122 because it was born in Mr. Davenport’s [old] classroom, number 122.

Root 122 is a service learning organization. We create, learn and challenge ourselves and our community to give back and promote real and lasting change.

“Learn more about us”: getting the word out.

The kids had hands-on experience with digital image creation; each student created and submitted a logo design to be considered as the organization’s emblem. There were lots of great ideas, and it was not easy to choose one of them out of over 200 designs.

The administration at Summit works to support teachers and students that set goals. Our logo competition finalists were honored at a school assembly. The winning design was developed by Justin Downey of JDM Digital. Read more about the contest.
See the logo entries in a video here: (View it on youtube)

Mr. Downy launched our beautiful new website, and embedded the finished version of the winning logo. Getting down to business, students brainstormed about ways to make a difference in the community. From collecting money and food donations, to writing features on other organizations that do good in the community, the students produced unexpected results. As one of our fundraisers, we used the new Root122 logo on t-shirts that were available for purchase.

The challenge to act.

It was empowering for the kids to take action on volunteer projects in the community. As the year went on, the students blogged about great volunteer projects of their own and others, learning the power, and the tools, of communication.
Here are links to some articles written by the students:
Mission Possible: Kids’ Fundraiser
Pets of the Homeless
How You Can Help the Earth


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