4th Grade Shows Love Through Distribution of Winter Gear to Those In Need

One of the exciting new developments in our “Teaching for Transformation” program at SCS is the creation of “Formational Learning Experiences” (FLEX) that focus on real people, real needs, and real work.

As our 4th grade students studied a science unit on reducing the impact of natural disasters, they came across a unit on winter hazards, including cold temperatures and their effect on people. Students brainstormed how they could do something to reduce the impact of cold in our community. They came up with the idea of collecting and sharing hats, mittens, scarves and other winter gear with those in need. 4th grade students were also able to meet with our friends at the Sheboygan Salvation Army to discuss the real needs of our broader community. Now our students were ready to act!

Thanks to generous donations from the SCS community, our 4th grade students filled 160 plastic bags with warm winter gear and inspirational slips with scripture like John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Students took SCS vans to the north and south sides of Sheboygan and distributed the gear at commonly used locations like bus stops and benches.

At the end of the day, 4th grade teacher Joel Navis indicated how proud he was of the deeper understanding that students gained about “Real people, real needs, and then actually doing the real work. “It wasn’t just talking about it,” said Navis. “This project was about actually being the hands and feet to do the work. God will take care of the rest!”

VIDEO: 4th grade says thank you to the SCS community