Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

Adopt-A-Family program underlines poverty lesson

December 2, 2004

Learning retention models suggest approximately 90 percent of what a person applies to a real situation in their life is remembered. This is in comparison with 50 percent retention by discussion, 30 percent by demonstration, 20 percent by audio-visual and 10 percent by reading. Consistent with this model then is the annual Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services Adopt-A-Family project in which students from throughout the Basehor-Linwood School District donate clothes, towels, toys and other gifts to those less fortunate in the Basehor-Linwood area.

"This project helps to reinforce the characteristics such as caring and citizenship we go over throughout the school year," said Debbie Dearinger, Adopt-A-Family coordinator.

More than 30 teachers in the district have their classes participate in gathering items placed on a wish list by approximately 20 families who need a bit of extra help this holiday season. Included on the wish list is the age and gender of the family members, sizes and any special needs. Items are gathered on Dec. 10 at Basehor Elementary School, and families receive their gifts on Dec. 18.

"It is hard for (the students) to visualize in their heads what it would be like if they received nothing," said Lynnie Kendrick, Adopt-A-Family participant and third grade teacher at Glenwood Ridge Elementary School. "I want my students to understand how these people feel and how disappointed they could be, especially at Christmas time. Once we have the gifts and are ready to give them to the family, everyone feels great for what they have done."

Not only will each student feel proud for what he or she has done, but also by a simple act, students will have learned what positive characteristics such as caring, citizenship and thankfulness mean.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Family program, contact Dearinger at (913) 724-1038.

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