Real World Learning takes classroom knowledge and applies it in real ways within the community. For Mrs. Lisa Venteicher’s RWL called “I Am We”, Upper School students are working on ways to impact the community in positive ways. Two students, Sara and Judy decided to focus their project on homelessness. They decided to do a personal hygiene collection at the school.
By the end of the drive, the students had enough donations to make 50 women’s and 50 men’s goodie bags. Last week during finals the girls made their care packages. Then, this past Monday, Mrs. Venteicher took the two girls downtown to Civic Green Park to hand out the bags to the homeless.
As they handed out the bags to individuals everyone was very appreciative. Teacher and students were able to converse with those they met. Through this project, Sara and Judy’s perspective on homelessness and the people behind the “problem” changed. They have both decided to continue to do what they can to help the homeless population.
Sara had this to say, “It had an impact on my life. It just made me see homeless people differently, and that they are real people, too. They showed me Jesus, the way they treated us. They were really kind.”
(Photos by Mrs. Lisa Venteicher, making their bags last week, ready to hand out their bags)