Dix Hills, New York, USA
This club is open to all children in fourth and fifth grades interested in spending time serving the community and making the world a better place.
One World Projects
The focus of all of our meetings in to teach children about different things that happen around the world, and give them the tools to make a difference in helping to meet those needs. For example, we learned about Hurricane Matthew and how it devastated the lives of people living in Haiti. We organized a “Hats for Haiti” drive and sent $740 to the Save the Children charity to assist with this effort. The goal is to create opportunities for students to learn about the ways we can help others both inside and outside of our community.
Last year our club participated in many service projects such as organizing a school wide water bottle recycling program. Participants in the club are asked to agree to return the water bottles for their deposit at least once during their participation in the club.
Some of the projects we worked on last year were very successful in helping the world around us.
- We raked leaves in the courtyard, and planted bulbs that bloomed in the spring. There were 23 bags of leaves after we were finished!
- We held a book drive for the Book Fairies and donated 10 boxes of books to people who don’t have access to good reading material.
- We made over 500 bologna sandwiches for people in need served by the Mercy INN in Wyandanch.
- We also participated in the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon and helped to raise close to $10,000. We are very excited to start a new year.
We try to incorporate independent community service projects into our club, so we often share opportunities for children to give service to others outside of club hours. Last year participating students worked to achieve the bronze and silver level Presidential Service Award by formally documenting community service hours for between 50 to100 hours.”
Signal Hill Elementary School is in its third year. Each year the number of children who want to participate grows. This year we have had to split the sessions, so that fourth graders meet one week and fifth graders meet the next. Every session is designed to teach students about an issue that affects the world around us, and are given an activity to help make a difference in that area.
These are the community service accomplishments of our club during the 2015-16 school year:
- Courtyard Cleanup – collected 23 bags of leaves in our courtyard
- Canned Food Drive- 300 lbs. of food for Harry Chapin Food Bank
- UNICEF – Coin drive raised $1800
- Make a Wish – sold drawstring bags and donated $240
- Wildlife Rangers Saving Endangered Species – made 80 cards for them.
- Red Cross – Wear Red for Red Cross Drive – raised $500
- St. Jude’s Mathathon – Raised $9,000 for St. Jude’s CHildren’s Hospital by doing math problems with sponsors.
- Water Bottle Recycling Program – recycled 20,000 bottles
- Mercy INN/ Soup Kitchen- Made 500 bologna and cheese sandwiches for local soup kitchen.
End of Year Video
I love being a One Worlder because we collect water bottles, make bologna sandwiches and make a difference.
"I love One World Youth Club because we make a difference in the world every single day."Signal Hill One Worlder
I love One World Youth Club because we get together with friends to do community service and it's a lot of fun
"I know people who have done so much for other people and now I get a chance to repay them."Signal Hill One Worlder
"I love One World Youth Club because it gives me a chance to make the world a better place."Signal Hill One Worlder
Mrs. Eileen Gregory