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NJHS Community Service Project

Friday, March 3, 2017 was a very special day for our National Junior Honor Society Members and we would like to share it with you:

The 2016-2017, NJHS Workman Chapter members worked on their annual Community Research-Service Project, investigating the negative image of the beanie hats in society and what they could do to help change that image into a positive one. NJHS carried a research investigation and found how criminals use beanie hats to rob and assault while cancer children patients await and embrace beanie hats as a comfort clothing item that help to lift their self-esteem and develop self-confidence.

Workman NJHS members knitted beanie hats and not only they achieved their goal, they exceeded it. The students walked to Nemours Children's Specialty Care at Sacred Hospital, to present their project and donate the hats. The members showed the most out of professionalism and respect representing Workman Middle School highly in our community. Special thanks to Jenny Greunke, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker at Nemours Children's Specialty Care Center who helped us through to complete this project,

Please help me to congratulate the students for their hard work, dedication, and the positive impact they have created in our community,

NJHS Board Members:
  1. President - Kendall Frazee (Inductee)

  2. Vice-President - Gracie Osburn (Inductee)

  3. Treasurer - Declan McGurk (Inductee)

  4. Secretary - Bennett Rhone (Inductee)

  5. Historian - Fardin Chowdhury (Inductee)

NJHS members:

6. Charles Bird (Inductee)

7. Juna Julian (Inductee)

8. Lindsey Faist (Inductee)

9. Tori Glatt (Inductee)

10. Josie Frazier (Inductee)

11. Teddy Robinson

12. Drake Kelley

13. Evan Brooks

14. Suzanna Munoz

15. Angelica King

16. Kimsy Lawrence

17. Alyx Zapatka

18. Grace Fox

19. AnMarie Sturgeon

20. Jasmine Thomas

21. Amara Schoppmann (Inductee)

22. Nihal Rana

We thank you for your support and please wait for the 2016 -2017 NJHS induction invitation coming soon,
Proud advisors,
Mrs. Yohana and Mrs. Wilson,

     March 2017

     At J.H. Workman I.B. Middle School the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), are sowing seeds and learning about the value of organic gardening and sustainability. At J.H. Workman we have been building a garden step-by-step. ESOL teachers applied for and were awarded a series of grants from various establishments. The monies were used to purchase the seeds, organic soil amendments, gardening tools, a shed to house all the tools, gloves for each student, 10 fruit trees, and a greenhouse to house the seedlings not quite ready to be planted into the raised beds. There are ten fruit trees purchased and planted by the students these include apple, plum, fig, citrus fruit, peach, and pomegranate.

Students helped to design the layout, chosen after research and chose the seeds to start in the classroom grow lab, and when the optimum time is to transplant. Students learned the true meaning of cooperative learning, and the American expression sweat equity and being invested. Teachers were tasked with incorporating the Florida Benchmarks and Standards, WIDA principles for language acquisition, and the International Baccalaureate Principles into Practice. Time management and weather are always factors that teachers must contend with, however students stepped up and got their tasks completed in order to participate in the garden and harvest process. What a learning experience, to plant a seed, watch it develop through care into a seedling in the classroom grow lab, go out and after soil preparation plant the seedlings and watch them grow into nourishment for people. To date our students have donated 211 pounds of fresh produce from the ESOL Organic Garden to the Manna Food Bank. This year in keeping with the spirit of improvement, ESOL students designed, named, and built an outdoor classroom area called the J.H. Workman Serenity Garden, which includes a pond and waterfall. This addition will later double as an aquaponics and vegetable extension. We also collaborated on the Butterfly Garden beautification project. We are extremely proud of our students for giving their time and labor to benefit their school and community.

Community Service in Action! 2014

As the cold weather continues to grip us here in America, I wanted to share this truly positive and inspirational story.

As an IB World School, students at J. H. Workman Middle are required to complete community service hours on all three grade levels. One of our 7th grade English teachers, Nancy Buffington, was awarded a grant through the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation to make her community service idea a reality. The grant money, along with the generous support of local business owners who graciously donated additional materials for the project, allowed our students to create 15 hand-made quilts for the homeless advocacy group Streets and Lanes of Pensacola, Florida. The quilts are all created from recycled and donated materials. They are not only warm but also uniquely beautiful in an array of textures, patterns and colors. As you can imagine, our students who spent many hours collaboratively designing cutting and sewing the quilts, are quite proud of their accomplishment and deservedly so!

Through this community service project and in partnership with Streets and Lanes, students have become aware of the plight of homeless people in our local community. This experience has given Mrs. Buffington's students a sense of humility and awareness of the many things they take for granted while instilling in them the importance of charitable giving to those who are less fortunate. With freezing temperatures on the streets, these quilts are literally saving lives while returning some dignity to these less fortunate people. Most importantly, this quilt initiative, like all IB MYP community service projects, has shown our learners that even as middle school students they have the power to positively affect another persons life and be the change they wish to see in the world!

Community Service Guidelines

To support and inspire helping attitudes, Community & Service at Workman Middle School is naturally integrated into curriculum areas, co-curricular activities, field trips and other activities. Every year, each teacher is required to create one Community and Service Learning Opportunity for their students.  They may work in collaboration or individually. The expectation for our professional staff is to model positive action in the school, community and beyond. The service learning projects should extend classroom instruction to help our students make connections to the curriculum while looking outward at their local community, the city and the world as a whole in order to foster in them a sense of community and global responsibility. Participating in service learning also allows our students to build valuable social skills while becoming more independent and empowering them as individuals to be the change they want to see in the world. 

We encourage our teachers, students and parents to think outside the box; to fill a void, solve a problem, bring awareness to issues of importance and go beyond the common notion of physical acts of cleaning and carrying as community service.


 Ideally, community service is an extension of classroom instruction and should be related to the curriculum. Community Service in the IB is defined as work done for a NON-PROFIT agency or individual and one in which there is not compensation or reward for the individual completing the work. The activity should contribute to the well being of a school, its community, state, country or a global entity.   Participating in a club, sport, or school-sponsored activity does not in itself constitute community service.  If the club, sport, or activity sponsors a community service project, then hours will be awarded accordingly.  Service hours can never be awarded if extra credit or a grade is given.  Collection of items for an agency (i.e. Manna Food Bank, SPCA, etc.), running a 5k for charity, “can shakes” for donations at intersections or in front of stores would equal no more than 1 hour.

Teachers should look for opportunities to plan a service project and help students complete some of their hours through school offered activities as an outgrowth of the curriculum. Inter-disciplinary or grade-level projects are encouraged. If done as a school/class activity, the supervising teacher can guide students (especially 6th graders) in filling out the MYP Community Service forms. 



         Examples of School Service Include:

  • Participating in cleaning up the school campus (actual hours worked)
  • Before or after school secretarial help, bulletin boards or classroom maintenance for teachers and staff ( maximum of 1 hour each time)
  • Assisting during Open House, Orientation and other school related events. (maximum of 1 hour per event)
  • Participating in a sports team, club, classroom or whole-school sponsored community service opportunity (actual hours)

 In addition to school-based community service projects, teachers and parents should encourage students to participate in community service activities and projects offered by local, regional and global entities as well.


 What is a community service project?

Use the checklists below to determine if an activity is considered community service.

 Be sure to check with the IB Coordinator prior to doing the activity if you are uncertain as to whether your service hours will be awarded. 

 For an Outside Agency:

Is it a non-profit agency?

Does the agency rely on volunteers?

Did someone from the agency witness you performing the service?

 For Individuals:

Is the individual unable to perform the activity or task?

Are they financially disadvantaged?

Are they elderly or in need of assistance?

Was the activity necessary to help the individual?

Is this individual someone other than a relative?

 For J.H. Workman Middle School:

Did a school staff member witness the activity?

Was the activity done through an official club, classroom or school group?

If you answered NO to any question in a category, please check with the IB Coordinator to determine if the activity will count as community service hours.


*Religious obligations (acolyte duties, teaching catechism classes, singing for your synagogue) ARE NOT community service.  If your religious institution has an outreach program such as building houses for Habitat, serving at homeless shelters, etc.  those activities will count. 

 *Family obligations such as mowing your grandmother’s lawn, babysitting your younger siblings, cleaning house do not count as community service but are excellent ways to build a good relationship and be better balanced, knowledgeable and principled. 



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