Spreading Smiles Winners - 2018 | Inter-State Studio

Congratulations to our 2018 Spreading Smiles winners!

1st Place Winner

School Name: Letchworth Central School District
Grade Range: 9th-12th

Community Lawnmower Repair

Briefly describe your project:
Students in the small engine repair class have taken broken down lawnmowers, which have been donated, and fully refurbished them. These lawnmowers are being donated to community members in need. Students learn the principles of small engine repair while fulfilling a need in the community.

How does your project meet a community need?
Our community is very rural in nature, and a great number of people struggle financially. As a result, lawn maintenance is often an afterthought due to a lack of reliable equipment or money to pay to have it done. This can cause people to be stuck with a large bill when the town mows the lawn.

How does your project integrate into and enhance your curriculum? 
This is being done in a small engine repair class. Students use these lawnmowers to demonstrate and practice the skills that they are learning in the classroom. This hand on work allows them to display their skills and build new ones while giving back to the community that they live in. During the course of this school year, the lawnmowers were donated by teachers within the school. However, the instructor paid for all of the parts using his own money.

If awarded, explain how the funds will be used to improve your service-learning project.
This grant would allow for the purchase of repair parts for more mowers and ensure that this program is sustainable in the future.

2nd Place Winner

School Name: Hufford Junior High School
Grade Range: 8th Grade

Batty about Bat Conservation

Briefly describe your project:
Students were posed with the question of how to increase the bat population in our county and after much research; they decided to build bat boxes and donate them to the Will County forest preserve and install a bat house in our quad as well.

How does your project meet a community need? 
We have partnered with the will county forest preserve district to learn about bats in our area and we will be donating bat boxes to be installed in a preserve which will help protect and increase the bat population of Will County.

How does your project integrate into and enhance your curriculum?
This problem-based unit focused around enhancing not only student’s ability to pose questions but follow through by researching to find the answers. Students also had to work together as a team to research their bat, understand its habitat, then construct the bat box, and present their findings.

If awarded, explain how the funds will be used to improve your service-learning project.
If awarded, the funds will be used to continue to purchase more materials (like the materials to construct the bat boxes) for problem-based learning projects that will solve problems and issues facing our community.

3rd Place Winner

School Name: Pasteur Elementary School
Grade Range: 1st Grade

Super Crayons

Briefly describe your project:
Students will create flyers and do daily announcements to collect old crayons to be used to recycle and then melted down so they are transformed into super crayons for students with disabilities. Students will also learn how to recycle crayons and help our planet.

How does your project meet a community need?
This project will help students acknowledge that they can help the planet and help students with special needs.  Students will also help the school recycle old crayons instead of wasting them into the garbage and making a difference for other students in other schools or their school.

How does your project integrate into and enhance your curriculum?
Students will learn about recycling items and then utilizing them to help others in need.  Students will then learn how a community helps each other by working as team.  Students will learn how to promote by creating posters and making daily announcements to help collect sufficient crayons to help.

If awarded, explain how the funds will be used to improve your service-learning project.
We would like to use this fund to create a garden. We also tend to use vegetables from our lunchroom scraps to continue to promote recycling in our community. Our school is also next to a park which helps our community look beautiful and our school as well.