Westerville, OH—Nearly 50 education from Otterbein University will present the results of service projects they developed for the schools where they student teach from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. The presentation will also feature speaker Suzanne Kile, director of community relations for Westerville City Schools. For more information, contact Denise Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout central Ohio, Otterbein student teachers are having an impact beyond the traditional academic classroom. They are engaging their students in projects—like those described above—that make their local and global communities better places to live.
As part of a senior capstone course, each of the 47 senior education students was required to conduct a needs assessment in the school where they were student teaching, including 45 in central Ohio, one in Boston and one in New Mexico. Based on the assessment, they created service projects to fill a pressing need.
The projects included participation from classes at the schools. A group of Westerville kindergartners marched through the school hallway, promoting Autism awareness. Second graders from a Muslim Charter School made quilts to distribute to the homeless in their community. New Albany middle schoolers organized a shoe drive for the people of Uganda. A group of Otterbein professors taught their college-level classes to Columbus Public high school seniors so they can experience what college is like.
This is the first year for this service-learning model in Otterbein’s Department of Education, as well as the first presentation and celebration of the results.