Carnation Elementary Students Make Memories for Camp Korey Attendees
When the 2015-16 school year began, Carnation Elementary third grade teachers Brianna Grant and Elizabeth Wing likely had no idea that, near the end of the school year, they would be taking their classes to Camp Korey in May 2016, delivering homemade pillowcases for a group of future campers.
“Elizabeth and I are passionate about helping students discover and tap into their multiple intelligences to see that each person makes a difference,” says Grant. By incorporating hands-on service learning into their classroom curriculum, Grant says that the students in her and Wing’s classroom have a unique opportunity to see and learn how they can make a difference helping others. “We hope to show them that there are numerous ways for people to help one another.”
Over the course of the fall, students in Grant’s and Wing’s classroom raised and released salmon into Carnation’s Griffin Creek, and collaborated with Carnation’s Oxbow Farms to remove invasive plant species, learning about native and non-native plants along the way. By investing time into the community around them, they need not look far to find other places where they hope to make a difference.
After submitting a grant to the Riverview Education Foundation and receiving a generous gift from their school’s PTSA, Grant and Wing introduced sewing and sewing machines to their students. Kids formed into partnerships and applied measurement and problem-solving skills to cut, pin, and sew new pillowcases for one of the first waves of campers to attend Camp Korey this past summer. Camp Korey, located on the site of the old Carnation Nestle Farms, is a camp which empowers children and families living with serious medical conditions through year-round, life-changing experiences. The Camp is always free of charge.
Though Camp Korey recently announced they are relocating away from the Carnation community in the fall of 2016, this project, or similar projects like it, can continue thanks to the grant monies received. For this particular Camp Korey project, the learning also extended to other traditional elements of going to camp. Students researched classic campfire stories, investigated camp activities, and wrote letters which accompanied each pillowcase. After delivering their handmade pillowcases, students completed poster boards and prepared presentations on their research to share with their classmates.
“The passion they put into this project was truly special to see,“ adds Grant. “They helped bring fun and joy and something unique to the Camp Korey campers, to both Elizabeth and I, to each other, and learned new skills along the way.”