With topics including autism, social media, poverty in Silicon Valley, and more, Casa di Mir 6th year students completed their year-long service learning project (SLP) at Speaker’s Night on the evening of April 28, when each gave a presentation summarizing their experiences and research.
As with previous Casa 6th years, the SLP began last May when they were 5th year upper elementary students. That’s when each selected an issue in the community that was meaningful to them, one they would want to learn more about, and one where they hoped to make a difference and improve lives.
Over the course of one year, they researched their individual topics, wrote detailed reports, and committed 20 hours of service to helping the community. Most hours were spent serving those affected by the student’s chosen issue. However, many also committed service hours to help classmates support their causes. Then on Speaker’s Night, each shared their findings with a large audience of students, parents, and staff.
Having worked with their teachers for over two weeks on presentation skills, the students’ individual voices and passions came through with confidence and clarity.
The SLP goal is to empower each student to make a difference in the community through action. As students become more aware of the issues faced by members in their own community, they become more compassionate toward the struggles happening around them, and realize they have the ability to create change. This supports Maria Montessori and Casa di Mir’s mission of teaching peace education and global citizenship as part of the school curriculum.
This year’s 5th years are about to embark on this same journey. We eagerly anticipate the topics they choose, the growth they will experience, and the differences they will make.