Helping Hands Club provides service learning at Bethel Springs Elementary
At Bethel Springs Elementary School in the Garnet Valley School District, students are learning how to make a difference at a young age. Elementary kids in grades 2-5 take part in service learning projects through the Helping Hands Club.
While these types of clubs are popular in high school, students in the Delaware County school are getting a head start on doing good for others.
“I think it’s a common misconception that kids are too young to do real community service,” said Becky Konkle, a supplemental learning support teacher. “Our club offers students the opportunity to engage in age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate service projects.
“We teach students about the populations that we will serve and engage them in creating their own ideas about how to serve. It’s important that kids feel empowered and capable in a world that changes so rapidly.”