Monday, November 6, 2017

Sunnyside Middle School Service - Term 2 Service Ideas and Opportunities - November + December

"True service learning for social justice is a shared partnership!"

Welcome to Term 2! What are you going to do for your Term 2 service learning experience? How is this going to go beyond one-sided charity that doesn't build relationships? How will it go beyond your previous experiences, deepen connections, be 'two-sided,' and benefit all involved?

What service learning is NOT
-volunteering without connecting

What service learning IS
-mutually beneficial
-tied to outcomes

Upcoming Service Opportunities:


Nov 8th + 9th - Teacher Conferences Recycled Book Sale with Gillian

During conferences I am holding a Recycled Book Sale. I would love to have middle schoolers donate books. I also have a sign up genius for volunteering at the sale for service. Can you add it to the blog and spread the word?? - Gillian

Can you donate books? Better yet, can you come help out and volunteer at the Book Sale??? Sign up below if you plan on coming to support Gillian

Art Support with Mia
Mia is looking for students to come help out with painted paper during Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, November 8th from 9:00 - 11:30. Please let her know if you plan on helping out  (

Mia is looking for a small number of students who are willing and available to consistently come help her in the art room in the morning once or twice a week. Check in with Mia if you would like to work with her for service.

Math Tutoring with the 1st + 2nd grade: This is a 2 day per week commitment of either helping out during Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Friday during lunch. See Shannon or Rebecca (room 108) if you want more details for this AWESOME opportunity.


What: Opportunity for qualified 7th and 8th-grade students to help middle school students with math, core, and Spanish homework. Peer tutors can earn school service hours.

Qualifications for being a peer tutor:
  • B or above in the subject area for tutoring
  • Core teacher and math teacher approval (signature)
  • Attend training session and sign peer tutor contract

When: 3:20-4:20  afternoons
*Students must be in the room and signed in at 3:30.  They sign out when they leave.

Where: Wednesday’s in Heidi’s room

Questions??  Contact Ashley Bevan ( or Ryan Pederson (


Steph Garden Support - Sign up outside her office door in the back of the auditorium

Cultural Exchange


Check out for many different community service opportunities for middle schoolers.

Water Is Life --- Youth Speak Against Fracked Gas Export
Thursday, November 16th 
Doors 6:30pm. Youth Panel 7:00pm.
Havurah Shalom. 825 NW 18th. Portland.
Youth from the Yurok, Hoopa and Karuk Tribes and the Portland area will discuss threats from the proposed Pacific Connector Pipeline and the Jordan Cove Fracked Gas Export Terminal.
For more info contact

Mujeres Luchadores - Wreath Making Fundraiser
Saturday, November 18th, 8am-1pm
Woodburn, Oregon
Sign-up and arrange transportation with Cori (room 209 or
Limited spaces available for this incredible learning opportunity!!!

The SES Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will support Sunnyside AND Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP) is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community. They recognize that women overcome exploitation and injustice when they organize and reclaim their rights. By purchasing our wreaths from MLP we can support these efforts.
Their wreath project has made a substantial difference in the lives of farm worker women and their families. Since 1992 MLP has been able to provide part-time employment during the three month holiday season to over 170 farm worker women. The holiday season is the time of the year with the least amount of farm work available and a time when families struggle most to pay the rent and provide for their families.
The money that women earn through the wreath project goes towards their family’s household expenses: rent, utilities, holiday expenses, warm clothing, and food. So, wreaths cost a little bit more this year, and Sunnyside may make a little less money, but in the long run so much more is gained. This decision allows Sunnyside to exercise what we try to teach and illustrate what we can accomplish as a community.

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