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  • Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.
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    Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.
  • Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.
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    Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.
  • Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.
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    Students in Tamara Beyer’s AVID class at Chesapeake High School recently participated in different projects that help out the community. One group of students prepared 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis.

AVID Class Gives Back To Community

Maya Pottiger
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At Chesapeake High School, students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) class recently completed projects that benefited the community.
 
The idea was led by Tamara Beyer, the AVID teacher at Chesapeake High School. Beyer created the project for students to develop the understanding of giving back and helping others.
 
“I asked my students to really think carefully about who they would help and how they would carry out the task,” Beyer said. “I wanted it to go further than just dropping off some canned goods and instead put work into it, empathize with those less fortunate and possibly even connect with the people who are in need of assistance.”
 
Students came up with projects that helped with a range of issues across the community.
 
For their project, Dylan Schloer, Dominique Day, Lexe Goedeke, Brittany Ledson and Darius Mucklevene made 100 sandwiches and bagged lunches to deliver to the Light House shelter in Annapolis. They also donated gloves and hats.
 
Similarly, Grayson McMeen donated blankets and warm clothes to homeless military veterans, and he even sewed some of the blankets himself to make them more meaningful. McMeen’s father is an active-duty Marine, so he always tries to show his appreciation for the military.
 
“We have lived all over the world, and I had no idea that so many people that get out of the military can’t find work and end up on the streets or in shelters,” McMeen wrote.
 
Merissa Carpenter, Clara Phillips, Samantha Howard, Alexis Brough, Grace Lindemann, Erin Hamilton and Marilyn Trout went to Bodkin Elementary to help students with their literacy skills. At the end of the week, the young volunteers observed improvement in the Bodkin students’ reading and counting skills.
 
Alyssa Adams had a bake sale to help raise money for Cuz We Care, a charity that helps to support families who have lost children to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Adams raised roughly $800 to donate to Cuz We Care.
 
Alissa Weeks and Dylan Webb visited Sunset Elementary to give an anti-bullying presentation.
 
“We taught them how to handle their anger in ways that don’t hurt people and how nice words are important,” Weeks said.
 
At the end of their projects, students were asked to write essays reflecting on their experiences.
 
“It was truly a heartwarming experience, and it really made my students stop and realize that giving up a few hours to help others in need is not that big of a deal,” Beyer said. “In fact, many students have mentioned that they plan on continuing with their service and will look for other opportunities to help in their community.”

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