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Doub fourth-graders make food drive part of problem-solving lesson

Doub fourth-graders make food drive part of problem-solving lesson

December 28, 2009|By JANET HEIM

In the spirit of the season, students at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology organized a food drive in November. But this was no ordinary project.

It began as a creative problem-solving lesson for the four magnet grades - second through fifth - with the students of the four grades working with different grade-level students.

Students were presented with a "problem" - in this case a newspaper story about a local food bank closing.

From there, the students brainstormed and came up with many possible ideas. Those ideas were then narrowed down to one solution - a food drive.

To promote their effort, the students made posters, prepared morning announcements and developed a take-home newsletter. They also created a Web site and commercials that were accessed through the school's computers.

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The students also came up with the idea of a contest and a silent auction as a reward for bringing in food items, all to generate more interest by the student body.

Ten classes donated more than 100 items, with one class contributing nearly 500 items, for a schoolwide total of more than 2,000 food items, said fourth-grade teacher Nina Wolfe. The items were donated to Food Resources Inc. in Hagerstown.

"It has just been a wonderful experience for the students and they feel good helping a good cause, especially since the holidays are approaching," Wolfe wrote in an e-mail.

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