Wednesdays are wonderful at Cypress Ridge Elementary School.
Each week a different grade level has the entire day to plan while their students spend the day in specials, such as physical education, technology, science lab and media center. The specials teachers plan themed days. They are aligned with the grade level blueprints, holidays and 21st century skills. Content, technology, and personal/social skills are integrated throughout the year. This year, they have included a number of service learning projects to help their students learn the importance of caring for others.
This rotation, the fourth graders focused on the theme of homelessness and hunger in Central Florida. The students got an opportunity to make a hands-on difference by packing meals for “Deliver the Difference,” a non-profit organization based in Eustis, which focuses on meeting the needs of families in crisis.
Working on an assembly line, students packed rice, beans, vitamins and dried vegetables into bags, then sealed the bags and packed them into cases. Together, they packed thousands of meals for hungry families in Lake County. The project will continue with a canned food drive Nov. 26-30 which will benefit “Buses and Backpacks” providing meals for families that will not have food on the weekend because the children depend on school lunches for meals.