Part 7 of a 7-day series – Sharing the Positive Impact Grand Blanc High Schoolers are making thanks to the focus and direction of Social Studies teacher, Mr. Todd Babiasz. He oversees the class L.E.A.D. (Leadership Exploration And Development).
A note from Mr. Babiasz:
WHEN I REFLECT BACK ON MY 20 YEARS OF TEACHING,
this past year has been the most incredible experience for my students and myself. Something different happened this year. The difference was that my students made a real impact. They dreamed, planned, and implemented a project that changed the lives of all of those who were involved. Students not only covered content, had discussions, took tests, and completed homework, but they transformed people’s lives, including their own. My students were no longer just in “school” or in “class”, instead they were finding their passions, gaining new skills, making things happen, tearing down the walls of their classroom and positively impacting the real world. My students did so many things for our community: they build relationships with elementary students who were in need of them, they let our elderly population know they are important, have dignity and are valued, they helped students be more confident with clean clothes so they can get to school more, they brought awareness of animals in need of a home, they helped make a school heart certified and safer for all, and finally, they provided a system for women to get necessary health products that otherwise they may not have. My students have inspired me to step back and get out of their way. When I do step back, they step forward and are changing the world!
Presentation #7 #SchoolHouseWash – Students Involved:
Hannah Calender (Video Producer and Editor)
#SchoolHouseWash is an amazing story of four young ladies determined to make a positive impact. Their story begins with forming a relationship with New Standard Academy in Flint, MI. Their goal was to create a ¨Wash Lounge” for students and families to access for free at the school. Many students struggle to have clean clothes and thus do not want to go to school. #SchoolHouseWash changes all of that! They created a beautiful new room with a new washer and dryer, a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, laundry soap, and games for families. They were masters at bringing together the whole community to make this happen like: The United Way, The Flint Fire Department, Perry Innovation Center, Carl’s Appliance, and Sherwin Williams of Grand Blanc. What this group did was amazing!!!