Not all kids learn the same way, and for some, the traditional high school or junior high setting is setting them up for failure. Iowa’s Alternative Learning Center is helping these kids get around that and is offering credit for doing good deeds in the form of yardwork in their community.
This kind of life training can make a real difference in teaching real-life skills that average schools don’t offer. The students at ALC in Dubuque have the option to mow lawns, weed gardens, clean gutters, rake leaves, and do any other yardwork tasks needed for elderly or disabled community members who have trouble doing that for themselves.
In return, the students will receive credit in their Physical Education class. It really is a win-win for all involved.
“It’s a rewarding feeling,” said social studies teacher Tim Hitzler, who came up with the idea of helping people in the community for credit. “We get to give back to the community, but the kids feel a sense of accomplishment, too.
“And the people are very appreciative. Sometimes they cook us a meal. We had cheeseburgers the other day, ham sandwiches the one day, today brats. So, it’s a win-win for everybody,” he added.
It’s the same kind of give and take that goes on in the real world, and these kids are getting a chance to learn that while still at school.
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Among the several student volunteers was eleventh-grader Eaeauna Fountain, who helped out at a home in Kieler, Wisconsin, just a short drive across the Mississippi River.
“I’m getting out of my comfort zone. I like it,” she told KCRG on one of their last days of the schoolyear.
Other sorts of yardwork included working on a chicken coop and cutting down overgrown bamboo shoots.
Iowa students are helping out those unable to do yard work and receiving school credit for it. https://t.co/IJ9wmVhhdH
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Yardwork was not the only activity offered. Among the extra-credit options were also biking and kayaking, as an end-of-the-year, two-week alternative.
ALC programs are designed for “at-risk” students who might otherwise not succeed in a mainstream school setting.
“Project based learning design principles are utilized to engage students that have struggled to find success at their home school,” reads the school’s website. “There are independent learning opportunities available for students to help them recover credits and get back on track with their graduation plans.”
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The students have worked in gardens, cut down bamboo and worked on a chicken coop. https://t.co/IChyV69pfr
— KCRG (@KCRG) June 7, 2019