Update on IB Community Projects: Successful Feminine Hygiene Product Drive!

This week Eliot-Hine’s 8th graders are presenting their IB Community Project. Previously we featured students from Ms. Harris’ advisory on their research project. After researching homelessness, these students were motivated to host a feminine hygiene product drive for House of Ruth, a women and children’s shelter, after learning these items are in greatest need. All month of May students collected donations from their community and Eliot-Hine staff members. These students were able to collect 5,000 products to donate to House of Ruth’s 11 different programs. They also did research on what it takes to run a homeless shelter and how to start a non-profit organization. Check out their photos below from their personal delivery!

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Students taking donations from Eliot-Hine MS to House of Ruth via metro
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5,000 feminine hygiene products donated to House of Ruth!

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Other IB community project topics include: evaluating high school dropout rates, rise of police brutality in the U.S., bullying and how students can stand up for others, etc.

Supporting Their City With Compassion: IB Community Project Spotlight

As part of the International Baccaleaurate Middle Years Programme,  all 8th graders complete a community project at Eliot-Hine Middle School. The community project provides an opportunity for students to collaborate and pursue service learning. Students work in groups, conduct research, and practice public speaking when they present in front of a panel of judges.

This year, Ms. Harris’ all-girls advisory is researching homelessness. Each week they stay after school, even coming in on weekends or when they have days off, and have been researching how a homeless shelter is run, what types of homeless shelters are in the DC area, the statistics on homelessness broken down by various groups, and more. A big objective of their project is changing the negative rhetoric around homelessness and teaching everyone to be more compassionate. To take it one step further, these students are raising awareness in their community by hosting a feminine hygiene product drive. They have even partnered with local alumnae of Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Atlanta, to raise funds. All the proceeds will go to House of Ruth, a women and children’s shelter in DC, and they are so excited to show the community ways people can support these shelters!

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If you would like to support their project and make a donation, please stop by Eliot-Hine’s main office during school hours. Items will be collected until Wednesday, May 17. More details on the flyer here.