Seventh-grade Humanities learners from Indian Hills Junior High’s Project-Based Learning Network pathway have been learning about compassion and empathy in the community for several weeks. Teams of students have worked to become experts on populations in need in the community and volunteered with a huge variety of community organizations. Now, the students are hosting an Empathy and Compassion Awareness Convention at Valley West Mall on Jan. 29.
The students started with a problem statement:
How do we, as active members of our society, show compassion and empathy to raise awareness for marginalized groups so we can serve, inform, and persuade to make a difference in our community?
To best serve those populations, students did research and collected data before volunteering with organizations like Urban Bicycle, Blank Children’s Hospital, and the Iowa Homeless Youth Center. Now, they will work to inform and persuade the public about each group. The presentations will help the community learn and understand more about each group.
Join these Indian Hills learners as they present their findings at the Empathy and Compassion Awareness Convention, Valley West Mall, 3-7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29.
Special thanks to the following organizations where students volunteered during this project:
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.