Hillwood Middle School Says ‘YES’ to School Service Learning Projects Instead of Final Exams
Keller, TX – Hillwood Middle School departed from the traditional final week of school activities this year, to instead invest in project-based, community service learning projects, the culmination of which the campus will celebrate at a Friday, June 2, Presentation of Learning.
The inaugural year of the HMS YES – Year End Studies – program saw teachers develop five-day lessons on a variety of topics that allowed students to explore their individual interests and passions through real-world experiences. Additionally, each lesson included an aspect of community service, targeting either local municipalities, community organizations, or health care facilities.
Teachers developed lesson plans throughout the year, and students were assigned to lessons – not contained to their grade level or previous coursework – after selecting their top three choices. Lessons included “Chronicles of Yarnia” which taught and developed crocheting skills, donating rectangles to Warm Up America to create blankets and hats to local hospitals; “Handiwork for Haiti” which taught carpentry skills to build tables that could be sold to benefit ImMe.org, a charity supporting orphans in Haiti; and “Husky Baking Buddies” which taught baking skills and prepared baked goods to sell for the benefit of the Keller Community Storehouse.
In its first year, YES allowed Hillwood to build community awareness of need and potential opportunities for students and the community to serve, while providing students with authentic, real-world problem solving opportunities which impacted their greater community. While serving their community, students were also provided the opportunity to support their own intellectual and emotional development as a result of their involvement in YES.
All of the projects will be celebrated at a Presentation of Learning from 9-11 a.m. Friday, June 2, at Hillwood Middle School. HMS is located at 8250 Parkwood Hill Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.