Service Learning Project at the Ronald McDonald House
Cadets Made a Difference at the Ronald McDonald House!
On Friday, January 5th, 2018, 12 Cadets in LET I went to the Ronald McDonald House to conduct their Service Learning Project. The families were very impressed with the young men and were astounded by the compassion that these teenage boys exhibited.
The Cadets donated 1,706 snack bars to the House Pantry, entertained the families during dinner, and did face painting and crafts with the kids. They played songs on instruments, sang, danced, and did a rifle exhibition.
We are so proud of these young men for offering their time and talent to a very good cause. They earned their Service Learning Ribbon for participating in this project.
- Eric Carlsson-Zhang played two songs on the saxophone ("When the Saints Go Marching In" and "The Army Song")
- Vasilii Prokopev and Isaiah McCollum both did a rifle exhibition.
- Sung To Zhao sang two songs in his native language accompanied by Jianhua Zheng on the guitar and Benjamin Becker and Shoda Ryu served as backup dancers.
- Christopher Hill played a selection of songs on the snare drums.
- Aidan Benge, Yi-Feng Hsu, and Isaiah McCollum, did face painting.
- Jay Abrams and Timothy Pace colored pictures with the children.
Service Learning is an active and experiential learning strategy where Cadets have a direct impact on an identified need that interest and motivates them. Service Learning provides a safe environment where Cadets can learn, make mistakes, have successes and develop by actively participating in organized service experience within the community. Service Learning is the single learning strategy that can accomplish the most good for the greatest number of people. Planning and carrying out the service learning project will help Cadets selflessly do for their neighbor, community, state, country, and the world. It requires sequential lessons that are organized so orientation and training come before the meaningful service activity and structured reflection follows the activity. The hours spent on executing the project varies but is at a minimum of 11 hours.
Cadets must participate in all phases of the project to earn the Service Learning Ribbon.