Butler students guide third-graders in service projects

For five weeks this semester, Butler University's early elementary education students taught teams of third-graders the meaning of service.

The students worked with children from Crooked Creek Elementary School to complete projects that showed the younger students what service meant and how it could be used.

“Every semester I like to work with a local public school in coming up with something special that’s going to have a feeling of culmination and importance, so that these third-graders will have an experience they will never forget,” Early and Middle Childhood Education Professor Arthur Hochman said.

This year, the collective project was a student-produced magazine called Helping Hands. The Butler students helped their teams of third-graders produce all the components of a real magazine, including interviews to artwork. Butler's Kat Welch lead students in making an autograph book and a poem for their two teachers.

“For me, I loved seeing the progress that was made,” Welch said. “The first or second day we were there, we asked them what service was. They all said out of order signs or drew stores. But by the end of the project, they talked about how it was important to do things anonymously for others.”

The Butler students returned to Crooked Creek to celebrate the finished magazine, as well as their own lessons in early education.

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