“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated."
There are so many ways to help people and with the summer approaching, what better way to do so than to lend a hand with some gardening work? There are a lot of people that can't pay attention to the garden, especially the old and the disabled, but according to KWWL, students at the Alternative Learning Center in Iowa are stepping in to help. This school is setting a standard when it comes to earning credits for their physical education class, and what better way than to give back to society? The Alternative Learning Center is a school for high school juniors and seniors who are at risk of dropping out of school.
The Alternative Learning Center in Iowa is giving students PE credits for helping elderly and those with disabilities do yard work. https://t.co/ty8th5zuNM . @WTHRcom @IADeptofEd pic.twitter.com/Y2jRtBfIxg— Kostelnik Juarez (@DellaSeattle) June 10, 2019
The school's curriculum states that students can choose from various activities that will count towards their physical education credits, during the last two weeks of their school. Out of this, volunteering to do yard work for people in their community is one of the options. Tim Hitzler, who is a teacher at the school, says he and the students usually help people with an array of outdoor chores.
“The students and I and other students come out and help them. Could be raking leaves, pulling weeds, cutting grass, cleaning gutters just depends on what they need,” said Tim. He said he wanted to add yard work as an option for the students to receive credit because it not only works as a way for the school to help serve the community, it also helps the students learn something as well.
Practical & Compassionate skills, absolutely https://t.co/aAdItRuGv1— Robi Szalay (@robiSzalay) June 10, 2019
“The students aren’t typically too excited at the beginning but once they get involved and start doing the yard work they become more motivated. What they really like is A: helping people. They really like giving back to people and meeting the person," he added. Both students and teachers at the Alternative Learning Center were determined to be helping people with yard work until June 6th, which was to be their last day of classes in the Dubuque Community School District.
Iowa students are helping out those unable to do yard work and receiving school credit for it. https://t.co/IJ9wmVhhdH— Eyewitness News (@wbrewyou) June 5, 2019
Several people loved this idea. Dee Wools said, "I could use them. I can do most of my work but when it comes to lifting really heavy things, I need help. Plus, sometimes, you just need another set of hands! On the flip side, I hired a kid when we got 24 inches of snow and he didn't last long before he wanted paid and took off. I out-shoveled him 2-1. Bruce Sims added: I remember lots of kids hating p.e. I think an alternative is a great idea. As long as they're not forced."
Darla Grace Perry wrote: teaching more than PE, empathy and caring for others and all the good feelings that go with that. Stephen Gardner added: That would be awesome. Or service in place of sitting in detention listening to music or playing on their phones. Steve Kelly Mitchley commented: Let's look at the bigger picture here. This may result in him having the desire to give back/volunteer from here on out. That how I became interested in social justice when I was a teenager, which then led to being a social worker.