By: Natalia, Lauren, & Lila
4-5 School News Reporters
Have you heard what’s brewing in the fifth grade span? The fifth graders here at D39C have been hard at work, trying to make a project that can make an impact on others! From donating to hospitals, to helping the homeless, all the students in fifth grade have found a project that can somehow change the lives of of others!
How to Make a Good Impact Project:
Making impacts can be hard. You might need that spark of inspiration to help you out a bit. If you do… You’ve come to the right place!
- Put yourself in their shoes.
- Be empathetic! If you were in need of help what do you think would help you most? What would make an impact on you? What do you want? What do you need? Food? Water? Shelter? Clothes? Money?
- Be creative.
- Think of something that’s creative and can help others at the same time. Sometimes if you go outside the box, you can find great solutions waiting for you. Just make sure you don’t go too far out, or you may find yourself not really making an impact.
- Put in effort.
- To completely make an impact, try your hardest and you’ll succeed with your result. If you don’t put all of your energy into it, you probably won’t be as successful as others that did put in effort.
Fifth Grade Interviews
Sofia, a fifth grader, is doing a project called “Foster Fun” and she’ll be starting her project in January. There will be a few boxes around the school, and if you have extra toys to donate, you can drop them off in the boxes. Sofia will have the toy boxes out for 1-2 weeks after donations, and take them away to donate after. Here’s what Sofia has to say:
“My impact project is called ‘Foster Fun’. Foster Fun is a toy drive. You donate the toys you no longer use, so we can donate them to kids around the world who don’t have toys.”
I think this would make an impact because kids who have nothing to do, or have to work all day, can play in their free time.
I think by the end of the school year, we’ll have all of the toys donated, and kids around the world will have tons of toys.”
Anjali, a fifth grader, is doing a project called “Dog Walking” and she’ll be starting her project in January-February. She will help people around the neighborhood who can’t walk there dog for certain reasons like disabilities, injuries, etc. Anjali will be ending her project around May. Here’s what Anjali has to say:
“Our topic is called Dog Walking. Dog Walking is a dog walking project for people who can’t walk their dogs, or have disabilities. They give us a day and place to pick their dog up, so we can walk them.
"I think this will make an impact on others because if people can’t walk their dogs, then the dogs will get energised. If the dogs get to energised, then the dog will do things they’re not supposed to. If the dog does things they’re not supposed to do, the owners will get stressed. We’re trying to get the dogs outside and get the energy out, and take the stress off of the owner’s shoulders."
"We came with this idea because we know many people who have dogs that can’t walk them, or don’t walk them. We wanted to change that. I believe our impact project will be successful, because many people need this kind of help.” Anjali, 5th Grader.
Charlotte, a fifth grader, is doing a project called “Save the Ocean”, she will be starting this project in March. In this project she will be organizing beach cleanups to go and help save the environment. She will be ending their project once they clean up about 3+ beaches. Here’s what Charlotte has to say:
“We decided to do beach cleanups because, I learned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one day. The other day our teacher told us that we were going to do something called , Impact Projects we decided to do Beach Cleanups.”
“I think, because many people decide to participate in beach clean ups. With this many people, we are hoping to clean up beaches. We are not going to get rid of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but we can make an impact by cleaning up beaches.”
“Me and my group are hoping to clean up at least 3-5 beaches this school year, even if we still get less than that I know we are Saving the Ocean. Because we know that even the tiniest piece of paper picked up at the beach can make a huge difference.
“Every day millions of pieces of trash gets sucked up into the ocean then these poor animals think that these pieces of trash are food then they end up eating it and die. If we don’t stop this the whole entire ocean can full of trash and all of the creatures inside of it can die and be instinct. Then the world with now only have the creatures on land.”
“Then because of the trash creatures we haven’t ever discovered will be dead. Then we lost our chance of discovering these new creatures."