If you regularly read the posts and resources on The Freshman Transition Network you know that we believe that an essential part of transitioning freshmen is teaching them about their role in the world. Successful transition is about more than just passing classes. It's about becoming the person you were created to be. As educators, we have a unique opportunity to guide students and to give them experiences outside of their norm.
In 2007, freshman team
educators at Salem High School
in Salem, VA started a service project to give students an opportunity to give back. Originally entitled the "Walk for Africa" and now the "Walk for Children", the SHS freshmen have partnered with World Vision
to raise resources to support the world's poorest children. Through matching grants and by partnering with other schools, well in excess of $100,000 had been raised by 2010's walk.
In 2009, SHS partnered with Huntington High School
in Huntington, WV. Not only did this lead to an increase in exposure for the project and dollars raised, it also helped the students from both schools better understand that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They have used the slogan One Life to Make a Difference
to underscore the fact that each one of them is created for a purpose and that part of that purpose is helping their fellow man.
In 2010, Monticello Middle School in Monticello, AR also joined the mission further increasing the scope and magnitude of this amazing outreach!
Below are links to information about this freshman service project. If you are interested in having your school be a part of the Walk for Children in the future, please contact FTN member and SHS teacher, Ray Moore