Pre-College School Activities
The following are examples of service projects that benefit local schools and students in elementary, middle and high school.
Classroom Adoption Programs
Beta Alpha - TFA School Adoption
Event Type: School Supply Drive
Contributors: Beta Alpha Chapter
Location: University of Michigan / Chicago
Planning required: From January to mid-April intense preparation for Capture the Park 2007 took place involving multiple committees and the bulk of Delta Xi Chapter. As the date approached we knew that something special was going to occur on April 21, the day of the event. Fundraising was able to gain sponsors for the event, Public Relations was able to get the word out with flyers, registration tables, and newspaper ads, and Service was hard at work figuring out the logistics and preparation for the event. It truly was a collaboration of Delta Xi as a whole which resulted in a much more effective and efficient preparation.
Event Summary: As students and alumni, we all know the importance of a good education. One chapter wanted to make sure that children in two Chicago-area Teach for America schools also understand this. Donating boxes of school supplies and University of Michigan t-shirts to 3rd grade students at "Chicago International - Iriving Park Charter School" was just the beginning. 8 Brothers from Beta Alpha Chapter visited the school to present the gifts in person. After working with the kids using math flash cards, they presented some additional gifts in the form of children's novels at various reading levels. The Brothers traveled across town to the "South Shores School of Technology", where they donated school supplies to benefit over 120 Freshman and Sophomore students.
After School Programs
Event Type: After School Reading Activity
Contributors: Beta Eta Chapter (Spring 2007 Form 110)
Location: John Yost Center in Lock Haven, PA (The John Yost center is a place for children from local low income housing to come and participate in educational activities instead of playing out on the streets after school. The center is open to children between the ages of three and twelve.)
Event Summary: Each week Phi Sigma Pi went to the center with a different reading activity planned. These activities took time and effort to plan and included events such as writing books, buddy reading, making book marks, acting out fables, and participating in crafts and activities that went along with a children’s book.
Children we encouraged to read from the first week and promised a final ice cream Sundae party for anyone who was able to read for five hours over the ten week period. The children worked on this by coming to the center and reading on other days of the week. The center’s director and the children found this so beneficial as well as fun that they have continued to set aside one day a week to reserve for reading time. Knowing that the children truly benefited from this program made all the trying times, such as when planned activities didn’t go as expected or the kids were not on task, well worth it.
Event Type: College Day Event
Contributors: Gamma Tau Chapter (Spring 2007 Form 110)
Location: KIPP Believe School
Event Summary: The junior high school students (about 90) arrived for a breakfast cooked by the brothers which was followed by a presentation by University Admissions. A session was held to explain how college was different from the students' current school which was led by an official from another local college. After the session, the students sat in on classes with brothers while taking notes and asking questions. Following the conclusion of class, the students were given campus tours, participated in a trivia game, and a panel discussion where topics such as academics, peer-pressure, friends, goals, and dreams were discussed. Finally, the students were given lunch at the campus dining where they engaged in conversation with the brothers.
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