The seventh and eighth graders in Kayla Lynn’s JMG classes at Winslow Middle School progressed from focusing on the needs of one, seriously ill elementary school student, to focusing on the needs of a larger community. They also looked for a way they could all help out. “We found it very hard to give away this grant,” said Kayla, “we had to design a process that allowed discussion but kept us on track as we realized there are so many competing needs. Early on it set in that working with this much grant money is a big responsibility.”
Ultimately, they voted to contribute to the Inside Out Playground in Waterville which promotes childhood development through healthy play. Through the process, the students learned about how their own involvement is important with or without the grant, and they plan to organize a “date night” at the play ground where they will donate both baby-sitting time for local parents and additional funds to the organization.