What examples of citizenship education do you remember from your K-12 schooling? What types of citizenship (e.g. which of the three types mentioned in the article) were the focus? Explore what this approach to the curriculum made (im)possible in regards to citizenship.
In my K to 12 years in school, I experienced citizenship education from volunteering within the school and organizations outside of school that had a connection to the school such as the local churches. In grades seven and eight, I helped as a big buddy to the kindergarten children known as little buddies. There was “buddy” time throughout the month and I assisted with reading and other activities. This gave me experience in caring for younger children and being able to communicate with them at their level. I also volunteered with a school club known as Project M.A.D (Make A Difference). I was an active member of this group in grades six to eight. We volunteered at different places such as Souls Harbour, serving food to the people needing their mission of outreach. We also had once or twice a week events where we would take coffee and donuts to workers such as those in the hospital. From being a part of this group, I became more aware at an early age of social issues in my community. This wonderful experience has remained with me. It helped me realize that things the majority of us take for granted, such as food and shelter, are not readily available and a struggle every day for many.
In high school, I was a member of a club called SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions). This club was about making students more aware about mental health, destructive driving, and many more other social issues in the school and civic community. I was also an active participant in the astronomy club, choral group, and vocal jazz group. All these groups and clubs made me see everyone as one community instead of multiple communities with borders. I believe the focus of being a responsible citizen is not to be served, but to serve others and in many cases without being asked.