Marianne Macrae from the Robin Hood Foundation recently visited Mineola Middle School seventh-graders to discuss how the more than $700 students raised to help with Superstorm Sandy relief efforts will be utilized.
She thanked students for their donation and showed a short video clip about neighborhoods that were devastated by the storm.
This service project was fully integrated into the curriculum as students read newspaper and magazine articles that discussed the devastation of Sandy and provided personal accounts ofindividuals who were affected by the storm.
As part of their study of persuasive writing, they examined the controversy surrounding the cancellation of the New York City Marathon and wrote editorials expressing their opinions.
In addition, the art department focused on how students could take action to help the victims of Sandy. The art teachers at the middle school guided students in creating “Heart House Pins” that were sold during concerts and at other school functions.