May 28, 2017
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Homeroom: Helping where they can

Students focus efforts on raising awareness, aid for others



Second-graders at The Brompton School, 8518 22nd Ave., recently learned about endangered animals.

When they started researching the conservation status of animals on the World Wildlife Federation, the pupils quickly recognized the list of animals at risk of dying off not only was very extensive, but that it included most of their favorite creatures.

Wanting to raise awareness of the plight of some of the species, Hannah Davis and Aubree Sunderland brought an idea to Lisa Labatore, their classroom teacher.

“They came to me and said they wanted to save the polar bears,” Labatore said Tuesday. “They wanted the class to make posters and t-shirts. They got up in front of the class, told them what they wanted to do, and the class rallied around them.”

Her pupils, on their own time at home or during recess, created posters based on endangered animals. Labatore did iron-on transfers for the t-shirt fronts, and the kids used stencils and other materials to apply their own personal messages on the backs. The posters are displayed in the school.

In addition, the student-led project included creating books that were bound by Scholastic, all as a way to help educate Brompton pupils in other grades about endangered animals.

“We shared them with our kindergarten, first-graders and our third grade buddies,” said Labatore, who hopes to engage the Kenosha Public Library to display the books at its branches for the community to see.

The second-grade students’ efforts earn them this week’s School Standout.

Gold Star

Pupils in The Secret Service Club, a newly created community service group within the Dual Language program at the Edward Bain School of Language and Creative Arts, 2600 50th St., recently held their first campaign, “Help for the Homeless.”

The group met with Janel Semon, the Kenosha Unified School District’s liaison for homeless families, to learn about the community’s needs. The club then chose to collect essential items during the 2017 Kindness Week celebrated Jan. 23-27.

Their efforts led to more than 500 items being donated by students and staff.

Donors’ photos were taken in a “Kindness Week 2017” frame and posted on the school’s Kindness Wall of Fame.


- Students at Harvey Elementary School, 2012 19th Ave., wrapped up Chinese New Year lessons by making special art projects for display during the Community Circle and a schoolwide parade. In addition, second-graders led a community service project for the monthly month’s meeting by collecting non-perishable items for the Salvation Army, which they presented to Corps Administrator Marie Lewis.

- Harvey fifth-grader Jaseena Holman is this year’s Red Ribbon Week poster contest winner. Students were provided the slogan for the year and challenged to come up with a poster to support it. This year’s slogan: “Be drug free? Absolutely!” Posters were reviewed by a committee, and Holman will berecognized at the April 1 ATODA breakfast.

- Students from Reuther Central High School, 913 57th St., turned recycled plastic shopping bags into woven sleeping mats, which they donated to the First Step daytime homeless shelter. Each mat comprised 500-700 plastic bags that were cut, turned into “plan” (plastic yarn) and woven on a loom into a 6’x3’ sleeping mat.


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