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The library was very fortunate to have sponsored a local retired teacher, Joan, who conducts earring workshops. Joan keeps active and like to continue teaching others in service learning projects that build citizenship and community. She conducts workshops with the Boy Scouts, local libraries and also does birthday parties and local events.


Children not only learned how to make earrings using creativity, dexterity, and fine motor skills, but more importantly scholars learned the significance of giving back to the community.Scholars had fun, were given a chance to be creative and learned through a hands on project that they have the ability to help others and have a positive impact on the world.



For every pair of earrings that students made, they were required to make another pair to donate. It was so adorable to hear 2nd and 3rd grader talking among themselves saying they were “donating” their work. This service learning project made the word donate come alive and children accurately grasped the sense of the word.


Hope’s House is a local domestic violence shelter for battered and abused women. By donating earrings, scholars help put a smile on someone’s face. Who would have thought that something so simple could be rewarding to all the participants involved.