On Nov. 21 students took part in the ongoing service learning project with an assembly followed by a classroom activity to promote community outreach.
English teacher Debora Hill said that the service learning project’s vision is to improve the high school’s climate as well as help students reach out to the community.
Librarian Suzanne Stutzman took part in organizing the event. She said that she thought the exercise went really well with mostly positive feedback from teachers.
“The faculty members that I talked to were just so moved by Ambassador Bleich,” Stutzman said.
The next step, according to Stutzman, is to look at the data compiled from the follow-up online activity using software that will help determine each graduating class’s top picks.
“We’re going to work with an organization called Roots and Branches [which] assists schools and other groups in implementing service learning,” Stutzman said.
Before the year is out, students will have participated in research projects concerning their topic and subsequent service projects, the nature of which will be determined in the following months.
Stutzman also said that students are encouraged to participate in the decision-making process for the projects. Any who are interested can send an email to Stutzman or vice principal Anne Dolid.
Senior Clara Sorenson said that she thought the event was interesting and promoted the importance of giving back to the community.
“Piedmont is in a bubble but we need to branch out and get out there,” Sorenson said.
Sorenson said that although she found the assembly effective, she felt the in-class follow-up contributed little to the overall experience. Sorenson said that her group encountered technical difficulties during the online activity, which limited the activity’s effectiveness
“Next year it should be more organized,” Sorenson said. “We should have set discussions to carry out.”
Sorenson said that she is concerned with the overall project’s success for the senior class due to time constraints.
“We don’t have a lot of time to do a lot with it,” Sorenson said.
Students interested in more information can check their school emails for an email from Assistant Principal Anne Dolid answering frequently asked questions regarding the service learning project.