Social Action Committee

 

The Social Action committee at PS 183 was created to inspire our students to learn about and take action on social causes that matter to our community and to our world. The goal is to create child-centered learning experiences through working with selected non-profit organizations covering a wide range of social issues. As such, each grade will partner with a community outreach project and students will be actively involved beyond traditional fund-raising.

 

If you are interested in volunteering and/or would like more information, please email us at socialaction183@gmail.com.  

 

We are looking forward to working with many of you on these exciting projects to help our students to make a difference in the world!

Nikki Barker and Allison Anderson

Social Action Committee Co-Chairs

socialaction183@gmail.com

 

 

Kindergarten Social Action project: Project Cicero

 

Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, pre- and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its 16th year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed more than 2.5 million books into more than 15,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 1,000,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. Project Cicero encourages children to help children; students can be involved via collecting new and gently used books for under-resourced schools, such as by holding a book drive in their school, building or neighborhood. In addition, student coordinators at each participating school (aided by parents and faculty) can help to organize and advertise their school’s collection of the books at Project Cicero distribution events for NYC in March.

 

First Grade Social Action project: Unicef

 

 

Mission: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. Potential connections between a school and UNICEF include:

 

 

Second Grade Social Action project: Operation Gratitude

 

Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene products, handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, individually-named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our First Responder, Active Duty, and Veteran communities. We also seek to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation for these heroes. Ways to get involved include:

  • Collect: Halloween Candy, Beanie Babies/Webkinz/Trolls, Girl/Boy Scouts Cookies/Nuts/Popcorn,
  • Make Handmade Craft Projects: Knit/Crochet Scarves, Sew Bandana Cool-Ties, Braid Paracord Bracelets, Create Greeting Cards
  • Write Letters: To Currently Deployed Service Members, To Veterans of All Generations, To New Recruits, To Wounded Heroes, To First Responders
  • Fundraise through Recycling

 

Third Grade Social Action project: Grow to Learn

 

Grow to Learn is the NYC’s citywide School Garden Initiative. It was established by GrowNYC and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, with a mission to inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City. Grow to Learn serves as a one-stop shop for school gardens activities across the city and we collaborate with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens. Grow to Learn provides funding twice a year in the form of Mini-Grants of $500-$2,000, materials for free, such as: seeds, seedlings, soil, lumber, compost, mulch, and tools for registered schools; technical help through skill-building workshops; harvest events; garden builds; one-on-one support at site visits, on the phone, and via email; A Citywide Network that makes the scale of New York City manageable by bringing together partnerships and resources into one convenient, central location for school gardeners; And Advocacy to build citywide support and value for school gardens And Advocacy to build citywide support and value for school gardens.

 

Fourth Grade Social Action project: Ava’s Voice

 

The purpose of Ava’s Voice is to provide assistance and support to families affected by hearing and/or vision loss, to advance the understanding of hearing and vision loss through funding research, and to provide resources and education to the public about hearing and vision loss.

The organization was inspired by Ava, who was born deaf, and at age 3 was diagnosed Usher's Syndrome, a genetic condition in which patients are born deaf and lose their vision over time. Ava’s mom Carly is a family specialist for the Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities at the College of New Jersey, and helps to develop creative and innovative outreach projects. Students working with Ava’s Voice can create art projects using tactile mediums, so the blind can feel them. Kids will use touch/sensory boxes to learn how to identify objects by touch without using their vision, and can participate in guided projects to demonstrate how to get around using a cane like the visually impaired. Students will learn about the anatomy of the eye and ear, and learn why some people are blind and/or deaf. They will learn about how Ava benefits from the use of her cochlear implants, and also learn some of the Braille and American Sign Language that Ava uses. Children can also have the chance to hear Ava speak to their class, to learn about what her life is like, what things are the same, and what things are different.

Fifth Grade Social Action project: The HALO Foundation

 

HALO provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Its goal is to empower youth to become contributing members of their communities. HALO is a volunteer-driven, grassroots non-profit based in Kansas City, Missouri. HALO serves more than 1,000 youth each year. HALO currently has 21 programs. Internationally, HALO supports youth homes and programs in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, India, Guatemala and Nicaragua. This includes providing food, water, shelter, clothing, education, art therapy, caretakers, and vocational training or college for youth in the greatest need. Domestically, HALO operates Learning Centers and TLP (housing) programs in Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri, and programming in New York, Portland, and Los Angeles.

 

Specialty Teachers Social Action project: Ronald McDonald House

Since 1978, Ronald McDonald House New York has provided a temporary “home away from home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House is a supportive, caring place where families can stay together — and heal together. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan and in close proximity to 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald House New York welcomes children and families from across the country and the world. The House can accommodate 84 families and is filled to capacity almost every night. Since our founding, more than 35,000 families have stayed at the House.

At Ronald McDonald House New York, we support each family with wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties, and camaraderie for parents struggling with their child’s cancer diagnosis. These services are a part of the fabric of Ronald McDonald House New York, and are provided for families at a requested donation of no more than $35 per night. With each family that arrives, there is a uniting hope and a common search for health and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Action at PS 183 is a program designed to get kids involved in helping their communities through student led projects. Thank you for your support!

   

 2nd Graders are working with Operation Gratitude to collect surplus Halloween candy, dental hygiene supplies and letters of encouragement to send in care packages to families of military of first responders. They will also get to meet real first responders and learn about how they help our community. 

 The collection dates are Nov 1-4.

   

1st Graders have chosen to work with UNICEF this year. Their first project is to Trick or Treat for UNICEF. First Grade students presented the program to the entire school, and are collecting boxes the week after Halloween.

The Social Action committee at PS 183 was created to inspire our students to learn about and take action on social causes that matter to our community and to our world. The goal is to create child-centered learning experiences through working with selected non-profit organizations covering a wide range of social issues. As such, each grade will partner with a community outreach project and students will be actively involved beyond traditional fund-raising.

 

If you are interested in volunteering and/or would like more information, please email us at socialaction183@gmail.com.  

 

We are looking forward to working with many of you on these exciting projects to help our students to make a difference in the world!

Nikki Barker and Allison Anderson

Social Action Committee Co-Chairs

socialaction183@gmail.com

 

 

Kindergarten Social Action project: Project Cicero

 

Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, pre- and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its 16th year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed more than 2.5 million books into more than 15,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 1,000,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. Project Cicero encourages children to help children; students can be involved via collecting new and gently used books for under-resourced schools, such as by holding a book drive in their school, building or neighborhood. In addition, student coordinators at each participating school (aided by parents and faculty) can help to organize and advertise their school’s collection of the books at Project Cicero distribution events for NYC in March.

 

First Grade Social Action project: Unicef

 

 

Mission: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. Potential connections between a school and UNICEF include:

 

 

Second Grade Social Action project: Operation Gratitude

 

Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene products, handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, individually-named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our First Responder, Active Duty, and Veteran communities. We also seek to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation for these heroes. Ways to get involved include:

  • Collect: Halloween Candy, Beanie Babies/Webkinz/Trolls, Girl/Boy Scouts Cookies/Nuts/Popcorn,
  • Make Handmade Craft Projects: Knit/Crochet Scarves, Sew Bandana Cool-Ties, Braid Paracord Bracelets, Create Greeting Cards
  • Write Letters: To Currently Deployed Service Members, To Veterans of All Generations, To New Recruits, To Wounded Heroes, To First Responders
  • Fundraise through Recycling

 

Third Grade Social Action project: Grow to Learn

 

Grow to Learn is the NYC’s citywide School Garden Initiative. It was established by GrowNYC and The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, with a mission to inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City. Grow to Learn serves as a one-stop shop for school gardens activities across the city and we collaborate with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens. Grow to Learn provides funding twice a year in the form of Mini-Grants of $500-$2,000, materials for free, such as: seeds, seedlings, soil, lumber, compost, mulch, and tools for registered schools; technical help through skill-building workshops; harvest events; garden builds; one-on-one support at site visits, on the phone, and via email; A Citywide Network that makes the scale of New York City manageable by bringing together partnerships and resources into one convenient, central location for school gardeners; And Advocacy to build citywide support and value for school gardens And Advocacy to build citywide support and value for school gardens.

 

Fourth Grade Social Action project: Ava’s Voice

 

The purpose of Ava’s Voice is to provide assistance and support to families affected by hearing and/or vision loss, to advance the understanding of hearing and vision loss through funding research, and to provide resources and education to the public about hearing and vision loss.

The organization was inspired by Ava, who was born deaf, and at age 3 was diagnosed Usher's Syndrome, a genetic condition in which patients are born deaf and lose their vision over time. Ava’s mom Carly is a family specialist for the Center for Sensory and Complex Disabilities at the College of New Jersey, and helps to develop creative and innovative outreach projects. Students working with Ava’s Voice can create art projects using tactile mediums, so the blind can feel them. Kids will use touch/sensory boxes to learn how to identify objects by touch without using their vision, and can participate in guided projects to demonstrate how to get around using a cane like the visually impaired. Students will learn about the anatomy of the eye and ear, and learn why some people are blind and/or deaf. They will learn about how Ava benefits from the use of her cochlear implants, and also learn some of the Braille and American Sign Language that Ava uses. Children can also have the chance to hear Ava speak to their class, to learn about what her life is like, what things are the same, and what things are different.

Fifth Grade Social Action project: The HALO Foundation

 

HALO provides housing, healing and education to youth in the greatest need. Its goal is to empower youth to become contributing members of their communities. HALO is a volunteer-driven, grassroots non-profit based in Kansas City, Missouri. HALO serves more than 1,000 youth each year. HALO currently has 21 programs. Internationally, HALO supports youth homes and programs in Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, India, Guatemala and Nicaragua. This includes providing food, water, shelter, clothing, education, art therapy, caretakers, and vocational training or college for youth in the greatest need. Domestically, HALO operates Learning Centers and TLP (housing) programs in Kansas City, and Jefferson City, Missouri, and programming in New York, Portland, and Los Angeles.

 

Specialty Teachers Social Action project: Ronald McDonald House

Since 1978, Ronald McDonald House New York has provided a temporary “home away from home” for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House is a supportive, caring place where families can stay together — and heal together. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan and in close proximity to 13 major cancer treatment centers, Ronald McDonald House New York welcomes children and families from across the country and the world. The House can accommodate 84 families and is filled to capacity almost every night. Since our founding, more than 35,000 families have stayed at the House.

At Ronald McDonald House New York, we support each family with wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties, and camaraderie for parents struggling with their child’s cancer diagnosis. These services are a part of the fabric of Ronald McDonald House New York, and are provided for families at a requested donation of no more than $35 per night. With each family that arrives, there is a uniting hope and a common search for health and healing.

 

 

 

 

 

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