Many West Des Moines Community Schools athletic teams are known for their skills and successes, but few have seen such rapid growth as the Tiger Archery Club. With more than 300 members less than 10 years after its creation, the club has experienced both popularity and competitive success.
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: