8th Graders Share a "Cup of Holiday Tea"
For the last four weeks, Mrs. Buckel’s 8th grade language arts students worked on their “Cup of Holiday Tea” service project activities. The holiday season—whether celebrated as Christmas, Hanukah, Ramadan, Kwanza, etc.—is known as the season of giving. This service assignment asked students to consider how they could “give” of their time or energies to help someone else this season.
First, students listened to and enjoyed the book A Cup of Christmas Tea by local author, Tom Hegg, in class. Then, students were given time to think about how they could apply the lesson from this book to their own lives. Students needed to arrange to have a “cup of holiday tea” with an elderly or lonely grandparent, relative, neighbor, or care center resident. Some ideas included going for a visit, talking to the person on the phone, reading to the person, writing a letter to or for the person, baking some holiday treats and delivering them, offering to shovel the person’s sidewalk and then going inside and having hot chocolate and visiting, helping a teacher or other school employee, volunteering at their church, the local library, or the local food pantry, organizing a neighborhood food drive or creatively coming up with their own random act of kindness. Finally, after completing their activities, students wrote essays describing their experiences and presented their activities to their classmates.
This year, many 8th grade students opted to help Mrs. Schwalen and the special education department. The accompanying picture showcases just a few of the 8th grade students that assisted students with decorating gingerbread houses, reading books, and putting on a puppet show.
Submitted by: 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher Jonalee Buckel