Category 2: Community Groups and Special Populations
Design a website and/or create a video story that showcases unique, interesting or specific community populations.
The CyberFair 2021 theme is "CONNECT & Unite!"
Creativity is the power to perceive
and connect the seemingly unconnected. -William Plomer
B: Learning Objectives:
- Students will understand the relationship between a strong, safe community and the various groups in the community which affect their lives.
- Students will be able to list their local community populations, describe any unique needs those groups might have, and list contributions they make to the community.
C: Discussion Questions:
- A course in service learning (including community service projects) is required for high school graduation in many states. Why is this considered so important?
- What languages and cultural groups are represented in your
- What age groups live in the community?
- Are any age groups over or under represented? Any cultural groups?
- Are there groups in the community which cater to or provide
services for the different groups?
- What services are provided for special needs populations, such
people as the deaf or the blind?
- Why is it necessary for students to know and interact with all
groups in their community?
- How does your community handle the problem of safety? (Some
communities are large enough to have their own police force and department. Others
contract for these services.)
D. Suggested Starter Activities:
- View past projects produced by students in this category.
- Begin by interviewing parents about the different community organizations to which they belong.
- Make a chart or graph depicting the various organizations and come to a conclusion.
- By checking with the Chamber or Commerce or other organizations which create profiles of a city or community, students can access important information, such as population, business and tourist opportunities, which impact all residents. Give a profile of your community and school district.
- Interview "special needs" people to verify the accommodations and facilities their community does or does not provide.
- Report on any particular group or population that regularly works with the school on a school-wide basis or with individual students.
- "Adopting" a convalescent or residential care home can become a class commitment that will provide motivation for students to work together and share with others. Monthly or bimonthly activities that are part of the classroom instruction can be held at the adopted home. Students can present historical skits; dramatizations; or readers' theater performances; they can organize cultural festivals; or they can exhibit their art or other visual projects.
E: Examples of Projects
- The Great
(Brezice, Slovenia, 1999)
Aid for Chernobyl
(Ontario, Canada, 1999)
- Friends of the Animal Shelter
The Hendrix School
(Kansas, USA, 1999)
- Freetown Historical Website
George R. Austin Middle School
- Cultural Diversity
George C. Marshall High
(Virginia, USA, 1998)
- Community Groups and Special Populations of
Anderson's Creek Primary School
(Victoria, Australia, 1997)
- Surfing the Salad Bowl
Ligon GT Magnet School
Carolina, USA, 1996)
- Kloofwaters School
(North Western Province, South Africa, 1996)