Fourth Graders Making a Difference

Posted on May 16th, 2013 by Tony Tepedino

Guest post written by Allendale Columbia School 4th grade teacher Stephanie DePaul-Pragel.

Learning about making a difference in this world and experiencing it are two totally different experiences.  In fourth grade, we study the life of Susan B. Anthony and the difference she has made for us today.  In her honor, the students reach out to make a difference here at school first, and then try to connect to the community.  Two activities, collecting tabs for Ronald McDonald House and collecting books for the Children’s Center at the Hall of Justice, were community outreach projects.  The students felt limited in the audience they could reach by using posters and making lunch announcements.  That is when social media and technology came into play.  The students created two commercials appealing to a broader group of people.  The commercials had their initial viewing by Lower School and had a second viewing by Upper School before going to the web.  We are excited to see where this will take the message and what support we will receive for the two causes. The bigger excitement for me as a teacher was watching my students take a project and produce commercials that send a clear message to the greater community…we can make a difference!

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_8Dp1po0gg&w=560&h=315]

Children’s Center
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N32SVuzmKJc&w=560&h=315]

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