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Shout Out award winners address homelessness, animal abuse, drug addiction and gun violence

Listen to students talk about their projects

Four Need in Deed classes received special recognition at our annual Shout Out awards ceremony this spring. Listen to students describe the topics of their yearlong exploration.

  • The students in Kelly Ann Coughlin's 8th grade class at Harding Middle School were inspired by visits from two former addicts: Traci Reid, who now works at the recovery center Freedom House, and Joe Davis, who counsels young spinal cord injury patients who are the victims of gun violence. Motivated by their stories, the students created a documentary in an effort to educate their peers about the impact of drug abuse. To see their documentary, click here.

  • ‘Know any nine-year-olds who have presented their research findings on a citywide problem to members of City Council? Meet the students in Lisa Hantman's 3rd grade class at McCall Elementary School. In this podcast students Lucien Hearn, Michelle Hu and Robby Gomez talk about how the class decided to host a "political summit" on their topic of homelessness, which resulted in presenting what they learned about the problem to the members of Philadelphia City Council.

  • Joe Moorman's 8th grade students at Stetson Middle School were interested in the possible intersection between child abuse and animal abuse. "The students realized that young people who are never taught the appropriate ways to handle a child or animal may grow up to abuse them," says Joe. Their project objective was to educate their peers about abuse. They met with many community partners active in the local animal welfare movement and ultimately created a PSA and play for the summit they hosted at their school. To listen to their PSA, click here.

  • Moved by the story of Joe Davis, who was shot and became paralyzed as a young man, students in Leslie Greenberg's 8th grade class at Jay Cooke Elementary created a culminating fundraising event to raise money for Joe's ThinkFirst program at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. In a basketball game at the Cozen PAL (Police Athletic League) students squared off against attorneys and insurance professionals in a competition to raise awareness and money. To hear a podcast of the game, click here.