Andersonville Elementary School students and staff were recently surprised with a $1,200 grant for Academic Service Learning (ASL) projects from ITC Michigan, a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., which is the nation's largest independent electricity transmission company.
At the January 13 grant presentation, ITC's area manager Jim Tedder (who is also a former Clarkston Community Schools teacher and a former Andersonville Elementary School student) shared his company's commitment to providing support for programs that are important to the communities it serves.
According to Donna Zalewski, director, Local Government & Community Affairs and Philanthropy, ITC Holdings Corp., "ITC is proud to support Clarkston Community Schools and to help them provide service-based learning opportunities for their students."
The grant money will fund Andersonville Elementary's K-5 Leader in Me ASL project called "Spread Love and Warmth." This school-wide initiative addresses the needs of hunger, warmth and comfort in and around the Clarkston community. Tedder, who was joined by ITC associates, presented the check for $1,200 to Andersonville Elementary School's principal Kim Fletcher, and ASL coordinators Marissa Webner (Andersonville Elementary) and Christine Rogers (Clarkston Community Schools).
Rogers said, "Andersonville Elementary considers themselves to be a family. Through this Spread Love and Warmth project, they are working together to extend their love to the community. The generous people at ITC are funding an amazing project that allows Andersonville students to practice academic skills and show their kindness as they help others."
Each grade level at Andersonville Elementary will now brainstorm and research different organizations or community partners (hospital, homeless shelter, neighbor-to-neighbor, an animal shelter, fire department, etc.) that may have needs. This is a student-led experience in which students' ideas and voices are heard. Through meaningful classroom discussion, students will determine the organization with whom they will partner and the appropriate project to match the needs presented.
The "Spread Love and Warmth" project was inspired by fifth grade leaders in 2017 who suggested the idea of making tie-blankets as a fun way for Andersonville to give warmth and comfort to community members in need.
Other examples of this collaborative effort of students, staff, community members, and school volunteers include creating "Birthday in a Bag" kits, painting pots, and donating blankets and treats to a local animal shelter.
The mission of the Clarkston Academic Service Learning program is to connect meaningful service learning to the community with classroom instruction that enriches learning, teaches civic responsibility, and fosters personal growth.
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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