6th Grade Service Learning at Gowanus Canal Conservancy
On Wednesday, October 19th, RSS sixth graders spent the day at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as the first project in their year long service learning curriculum.
The day of service integrated the student's study of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which gives thanks for the fall harvest, by emphasizing the outdoors and the importance of community. Students spent the day of service planting tree beds along local streets and on walking tours to learn about the neighborhood rehabilitation. By observing and participating in the work being done in Gowanus to revitalize and rehabilitate both the canal and the neighborhood, students had the opportunity to think critically about the role of community and to expand their definition of community beyond the walls of school, shul, or home and to the larger community in New York City and beyond. The next service learning opportunity for sixth graders will be on November 16th with Educational Alliance.