1. Description of Our Community
Our school is located in Taipei city. Established in 1936, it’s a school with splendid history. Through the years, our school turns into a large school consisting of over 2000 students. Because of the accumulated reputation of our school, not only the students’ parents but the community residents join The Sunflower Volunteer Team of Xi-song Elementary School. On many occasions, for example, the sports meet; we can see the volunteers devote themselves to help our students.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is to introduce the volunteers devoting themselves to help our children at school. We'd like to analyze the development and difficulties confronting the volunteers. Besides the volunteers, we also surveyed the teachers, parents and children in order to fully understand the members at our school and in our community. Through this project, we hope our children may understand the volunteers more and be willing to take part in different volunteering activities in the future.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
1. The volunteer team consists of nearly 200 persons. It’s difficult to interview every one of them. For those volunteers who are the parents of our school children, we had the children bring the questionnaire home to interview their parents. As for the volunteers from the community, we directly interviewed them at our school’s library, recycling center, tutorial classroom and the traffic guidance spot, and so on. 2. Our students are from fifth or sixth grade. However, their writing skills still need to be improved. What we did is ask our students to revise their writing over and give them some tips of writing and doing interviews. Eventually, they have made great progress in the project. 3. We surveyed the third and fifth graders this time. We hope to expand our project after the students have learnt more about volunteers. We planned to survey more students from different grades.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
For many reasons, such as economic recession, people are less and less willing to be volunteers than before. By this project, we expect people, especially our students, to understand what the volunteers have done and what volunteers can do for the community. We hope our students and the community understand that everyone can be a helpful volunteer. In addition, it’s neither time-consuming nor hard to be a volunteer. On the contrary, by being a volunteer, everyone may feel the joy by giving.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1. In the process of our project, we applied what we learned from different areas. Doing the interviews, we need the skills from Mandarin class. We know how to process and analyze the data by the knowledge we learned in math class. We know our society’s situation and the volunteers from social science class. In computer class, we learned how to search the information on the Internet and how to build our web pages with computers. 2. “It’s happier to give than to take,” goes an old Chinese saying. And being volunteers is the best example of it. We tried to connect this concept with different areas of learning, such as the social science class, the life curriculum, and so on.