G is for GIVING
An integral part of Spanish class at Onekama Consolidated Schools is service learning. Each year, Spanish students give back to their community through the creation of books to help children attending Michigan Migrant Head Start learn both Spanish and English.
Michigan Migrant Head Start services low-income children of migrant workers, ages two years old to five from June to October throughout 18 different locations in Michigan. This non-profit organization relies on federal and state funding, foundations, and donations.
In order to receive federal funding, however, Head Start is required to show in-kind support from the community. In-kind contributions consist of goods or services, other than cash. In an effort to help Head Start meet this requirement, Onekama students spend their “Fiesta Fridays” in Spanish class making books, which not only satisfies their community service requirement but also helps the Migrant Head Start fulfill their need for in-kind support.
“Kids who don't know how to read can learn to read from our books. That would feel so great to know that my book did a good deed in the world. We also can work on our artistic skills too. So, it’s a small project but a lot of things come out of it.”