Coulee Connections Community Engagement
As an organization, one of our goals is to get students connected with the outdoors and surrounding community areas in the Coulee Region. As we approached a season where giving and receiving is prevalent, our program took a step further into how we can give back to this area that we have had the opportunity to experience.
This quarter, students were welcomed into the discussion of who they are within their community. Every student has a unique way of offering themselves into a group effort. Collectively, it creates a strong force of social and emotional change. Each group took ownership of a community project, and had the opportunity to offer up their time and effort towards a positive giving opportunity.
Benefits to Community Engagement:
Accomplishing a shared goal with peers and adults, and being able to share the challenges and successes of the experience.
Interaction with adults and organizations outside of their home and school structure.
Creating and strengthening the space for new positive engagements with the community.
Community Service Hours
Pen Pal Letters With Brookdale Nursing Home
This quarter, they have been working on writing their first pen pal letter and receiving one in return from a resident at the Brookdale nursing home. They also took part in a treat drop off as well as a gift drop off for their pen pal just in time for the holidays!
Rotary Lights and the Coulee Region Humane Society
In November, students had a day of volunteering in Riverside park for the Rotary Lights festival. They helped spread woodchips around the park as well as visit their Coulee Connections tree!
Explorers have been working on a second community project with the Coulee Region Humane Society. The students worked on creating tie blankets for some of the kittens up for adoption- they got to meet some of their furry friends as well!
Rotary Lights and Sled Libraries for ORA
Pathfinders helped out with Rotary lights by helping stake trees into the ground, spreading woodchips, as well as lighting our group tree and the surrounding trees in the park!
Their second project was the creation and drop off of a “sled library” for the La Crosse community. Community members are able to take a sled and leave a sled in this library the students created for the coming winter months. For this project we partnered with ORA- The Outdoor Recreation Alliance.