Why just talk about government and community service when you can actually experience it? Third graders in The School for Language-Based Learning Differences at Trident Academy brought their lessons to life with visits to Mount Pleasant Town Hall and to local non-profit organizations.
Such field trips reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. Mrs. Loveland’s class witnessed local government in action at Mount Pleasant Town Hall and learned more about public service from Town Council Member Mark Smith. In addition to learning about the divisions of local government, the students enjoyed an up close view of a police car with Officer Don Calabrese.
After learning about public service careers, students learned about non-government community service. Mrs. Loveland says, “The students love the idea of volunteering their time and helping others!”
Mrs. Loveland’s class volunteered at East Cooper Meals on Wheels where they brought food and made placemats for meal recipients. This experience helped the students understand the important role that volunteers play in taking care of community members. They also toured Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, a home away from home for families with sick children. The third graders will continue to support The House throughout the Spring by collecting pop tops from aluminum cans. Pop top donations supplement the expenses that the House incurs while caring for families. The students also plan to return to the House in the spring to make lunch.
“Every month I take the children on a field trip that ties into science or social studies curriculum,” explains Mrs. Loveland. “Not only does it build on concepts learned in an interesting way, it also reinforces positive social interaction outside the classroom.”