When I was in ninth grade a requirement was a community service learning project. I chose to volunteer at a soup kitchen once a week. I remember being super into it and I wasn’t just doing it for a grade after as I continued doing it until Junior year. I feel like I learned a lot about who I was helping as I got to know some of the regulars who would go every time this meal was offered.
This weeks article had an example of Middle School Class Service Learning Project where they volunteered at a school in a “poor neighborhood”. I am curious as to what type of neighborhood these students were working at. Is it like the neighborhoods we see from our service learning projects or could it have been to the extreme as to the neighborhoods that Jonathan Kozol has described which is how the kids made it seem when they said, they were expecting the worse, “horrifying children running around on a dirty campus." They had expected them to be "rude, tough, noisy, and very unfriendly," and they even thought they would be "mean, gang-related blacks". What is worse is they got these ideas from their parents. Although their parents played a big role in their thoughts I bet the media did too because that is where the stereotype comes from these days. Last weeks reading proved that Disney cartoons even had these messages so even at a young age they get that idea in their head. After the visit the middle school students were shocked how well behaved and friendly which is one of the over all goals for any service learning project. In the end you break down those stereotypes that have been put on them!