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1. Learn about your school.

a. Gather information about programs and services in your school. Talk with your teachers, principal, parents, lunchroom workers, custodians, librarian, and nurse to get information. How are these programs and services funded? Are there any programs President Johnson's administration created that still exist (maybe under another name)?

b. Are there ways in which you could volunteer some of your time to help in your school? Talk with your teachers, principal, and parents to explore options.

c. What kinds of celebrations and festivals does your school offer? Can you participate? Would you be able to help with celebration/festival preparation?

2. Learn about your community.

a. What kinds of volunteer programs are offered in which students your age can participate? Try to volunteer some of your time to help someone else. Organize a group of your friends to volunteer to help someone else.

b. Does your community offer recreational programs, activities and services for students your age? What are they? How are they funded?

c. What kinds of celebrations and festivals does your community offer? Can you participate? Would you be able to help with celebration/festival preparation?

d. Interview people who work in your community's government (mayor, city council member, judge, sheriff, police, public librarian, etc.). Where do they get the funds for their salaries and budgets?

e. Some people in your community may not be working and are looking for jobs. Where would they go to find a new job? Some people may not have money to buy food. Where would they go to find food? Others may be homeless. Where would they live? How are these services funded in your community?

f. Visit these websites to learn about activities and helpful people in your community. http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/neighborhood
http://www.hud.gov/kids/index.html

 
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