Teaching Service to Middle School Students

Jan 23, 2010

In its second year, the Webb City Junior High School Builders Club in Webb City, Missouri, was looking for a fall service project that would help children in the community as much as their successful coat drive last year. The members wanted to specifically focus on the youngest students in the school district, many who come from homes of limited financial means.

For the months of September and October, club members held a book drive at the junior high, encouraging fellow students, teachers and staff members to donate new or gently used children’s books. The homeroom classes competed with each other to win a donut party for the homeroom that turned in the most books.

At the end of the book drive, the Builders Club had collected over 1,100 new or gently used books. During their monthly meeting in October, the club visited two elementary schools in the district and presented the books to the principals. Each club member read one of the collected books to a first grade student, and the younger students each read a book to their new older friends.

The school sponsors a club day once a month, and students can choose one club each semester. Each semester the Builders Club members choose one service project that involves other students or families in the community, and use the three other monthly meetings to perform service projects for teachers and staff at the junior high.

The Webb City club is sponsored by the Neosho, Missouri, Kiwanis Club.

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