With their curriculum deeply rooted in service learning, staff at The Y.A.L.E. School’s Medford Campus helped students organize a walk-a-thon which raised nearly $1,800 for the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Y.A.L.E. students had to overcome unique barriers to help others. According to Amy Myers, lead teacher at the school and organizer of this year’s event, the lesson emphasized executive functioning and social skills, which are integrated across the curriculum. “Students set goals, tracked the goals, made phone calls to sponsors, and even had to write their own pitches to describe why they were walking.
“For them, it was an exercise in advocacy,” she said.
“It felt really good to help the less fortunate,” said Bobby P., a 12-year-old student. “Taking part in this walk-a-thon was an amazing experience that I will never forget.”
Lydia Cipriani, Director of Marketing Communications and Special Events at the Food Bank said, “We’re so grateful that these children are reaching out to help us. They looked beyond their own needs to address the needs of those 57,000 kids in South Jersey who go hungry every year. That’s a truly beautiful thing.”