STEP 1: TASK DEFINITION
Ask, "What's the task? What types of information do I need?"
Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow!
The Spirit of Giving
In today’s technology driven world it is easy to lose sight of the important things in life. Although our lives may be hectic and at times seem rather troublesome, there are others whose lives are far worse by comparison.
As an AVID student, you are given many opportunities to improve academically, and you are also given the utmost support in order to help ensure your success. So, in the celebration of each door of opportunity that has opened for you, let’s give something back. This “Spirit of Giving” will allow you to show your appreciation by giving back to the community. This project is designed to help you experience the value of your life by making someone else feel more valuable, by helping someone believe that there are people who really do care about those who are less fortunate.
Your “Spirit of Giving” will focus on the gift of time, compassion, and effort to make this world a better place not only for someone else but also for yourself. Realize your capacity to change the world around you and affect others through your good work.
ASSIGNMENT AND POINT BREAKDOWN
Step 1: The Plan (50 points due by Monday, October 12)
This first step is crucial to your success in your “Spirit of Giving” Project because it is your plan of action. Fill out the “Plan of Action” form explaining all the details of your “Gift”. You may work on this project in small groups or individually.
American Red Cross Children’s ward in hospital
Nursing Homes Elementary School – books and children
The Food Bank Translation Service Center
Church/Religious Functions Homeless Shelters
Meals on Wheels United Way
Step 2: Work and Verification of Time (50 points due by Friday, November 13)
The second step will be completed during the following weeks. You will need to complete a minimum of 5 hours of volunteer work and have the supervising adult sign off for the verification of your Gift. Your will earn 10 points for each hour of gift-giving; however, your generosity need not be limited to 5 hours.
Step 3: Reflection Essay (100 points due by Friday, November 20)
This step will involve an essay in which you look back on and write about your efforts and how they affected you and/or others. You will be given an outline, which will specify what information you will need to include in the essay.
Step 4: Presentation (25 points due on Tuesday, November 24)
This final step allows you to share your accomplishments with your classmates and gives you an opportunity to celebrate what you’ve done. The presentation should include a picture of you working in your gift-giving environment, and you may definitely include other pictures or information—anything that you want to include to show your involvement.
My hope is that you will seize this opportunity to show and act upon your goodness to make this small corner of the world just a little bit better and restore in yourself and others the proof that young people really do have the capacity to reach out and help others!