Indian Hills Seventh-Graders Learn and Teach Compassion

Indian Hills Awareness Convention poster.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:

  • Bidwell Riverside Center
  • Blank Children’s Hospital
  • Central Iowa Shelter and Services
  • ChildServe
  • Children and Families of Iowa
  • NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Children’s Cancer Connection
  • Clive Community Services
  • Courage League Sports
  • Des Moines Pride Center
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Food Bank of Iowa
  • Goodwill
  • Hawthorn Hill
  • Iowa Homeless Youth Center
  • Joppa
  • Learning Disability Association
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Meals from the Heartland
  • Opportunity on Deck
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Rosedale Shelter
  • Sportability of Iowa
  • Unity Point Health Clinic
  • Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community
  • YMCA
  • Young Women’s Resource Center