This year long service learning project is the best thing I've done in two decades of teaching. Teachers work their whole careers in an attempt to make students "care" about their work. This project solves that problem! Welcome to a year long service project to help students realize their own potential in order to help their families, communities, state or the world! Students are required to choose a way of "giving back"by volunteering their time. They will document their journey on a monthly basis and collect evidence along the way. This cross-curricular project will be almost one full school year Sept.-May with a culminating activity at the end. You will receive an introductory letter to parents, monthly questionnaires to keep students on track, rubrics, and an invitation for the final presentation. I describe this project in detail on Back To School Night where I give students a large 10x15 envelope with the introductory letter. Each month they will turn in the questionnaire along with their evidence. I will check the information and grade for completeness. You can assign a point value to the questionnaire and the evidence. By the end of the March, students have accumulated several months of evidence and can then start preparing their final projects. I allow students to choose a way of presenting their project to me. Several ideas are mentioned in the introductory letter, but the skies the limit. We then send invitations for our culminating activity where students share the projects with parents, administrators and community members. I can assure you that this is the most rewarding event of the year. Many tears of joy and thankfulness are shed as you watch your students learn that giving is far better than receiving! I will be adding the final presentation rubric very soon! Feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific information. I've done this project for three straight years and it's received community acclaim from parents, administrators, board members and many,many, more! I've included sample letters to the editor that were actually written by my students. I can email some photos of the actual projects if you would like, but prefer not to put them onto the site directly to protect my students' identities.