Austintown Elementary School teachers Nicole Ruggles and Sue Bonanno recently took their first-grade students to visit the Humility House for their service learning project in Social Studies.
The students are learning critical thinking skills and are looking at how the past compares to the present. Part of the assignment was to bring an index card with questions for the residents at Humility House. Some of the questions included were about the residents’ favorite books and activities when they were in first grade.
Ruggles and Bonanno collaborated with Linda Nock, the school’s music teacher, and Andra LaMarca, the school’s art teacher, so students could prepare songs to sing to the elderly as well as create cards for them. Ruggles and Bonanno chose Humility House for this project because it is local and Ruggles has grandparents who currently live there.
“The students in our classes were proud and excited as they shared their songs and cards with the residents of Humility House. Being able to find out about things the residents did when they were 6 and 7 made the visit very meaningful and allowed the students to compare their lives today to those of students in first grade 70 or more years ago,” Ruggles and Bonanno said,