Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time

Like most communities, Warsaw, IN. has a local food bank to assist people and families in need. Students in the Glass Class at Harrison Elementary School wanted to do something special for their food bank, Combined Community Services. As members of Team GVC08-01, they were committed to focusing on kindness and helping others.

The students brainstormed some ideas and decided that donations of peanut butter and jelly would provide nutritious snacks for practically all CCS clients, especially the children. They started their collection. As the jars came in, the students shared their project with their GVC partners at Lincoln Elementary in Oak Park, Illinois and Petach Tikva, Israel. The Israeli students sent words of encouragement and support. Since Oak Park and Warsaw are only about two hours apart, the Lincoln kids decided to collect PB and J as well.

Mr. Glass seized the opportunity to visit Lincoln Elementary, collect their PB and J donations, and meet his GVC partner, Matt Kuntz, in person. Between the two schools, the students collected more than 200 jars of peanut butter and jelly. They made slide shows of the pictures they shared and Warsaw Times Union newspaper featured the kids in a front page article. Events like this helped Team GVC 08-01 be recognized for their Helping Focus but the real beneficiaries were the needy people of the Warsaw community.

See: Sharing with Others - form the School of Kindness GVC-0801 Website [news article is quoted on the bottom]

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stand By Me

This is a great YouTube Music Video that demonstrates the power of global collaboration and cross-cultural understanding and giving back to others.


I hope you enjoy!! Andrew Ezzell - GSBI Foundation

GVC 2009-2010 School Year

Projects exemplifying a helping focus and giving back to others is one of the judging criteria for the Global Virtual Classroom Contest. We thought it would be good to have a blog dedicated to what GVC students and teachers are doing to give back to or help others and to identify projects that other students and teachers can learn from and get involved with.