We are a group of three Washington Middle School students who did a service learning project. A service learning project is when you and possibly some other people get in a group and take action to help create a better community. We did a Penny Challenge in our school to raise money to buy acres of the Amazon Rainforest so that they cannot be cut down in the acts of deforestation. The Penny Challenge is a fun fundraiser that works well with little kids, and for an on the spot money maker.
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How You Can Start Your Own Service Learning Project
Step 1: Decide what your topic is.  Do you want to save rainforests, feed the hungry, or save endangered animals? If there are other people interested in the same topic as you, you can make a group with them and work with them  on your topic.

Step 2: Decide what your objective is. Now that you've picked your topic, you need to figure out how you can help to support your subject.  For example, do you want to raise money, raise awareness about your topic, or volunteer for a group that supports your cause?

Step 3:  Next, you need to decide your action according to what your objective is.  If you picked raising money as your objective, you could hold a dogwash, or if you wanted to raise awareness, you could write a bunch of letters and send  them to a local official (such as  your teacher, mayor, or even the President).  You have to keep in mind what your subject is in this stage. For example, if your subject was animal rights, then you might want to hold a dog wash, because people with dogs will probably care about animal rights.

Step 4:  Make a plan. When are you going to do what? With whom? Write out every step of your plan, from what you are going to say on the phone to other people to what materials you are going to use.  Ater you write it out, show it to someone else, preferably a grown-up that you know pretty well.  If you get it approved, then move on to step 5.  If you don't then go back to step 3 after re-thinking your idea.

Step 5: Do your action! In this stage we can't do much to help you, because we don't know what your project is or what your objective is or anything or any other things in your service learning project. As a tip, try to stay calm at all times. If you get stressed out, then your work quality takes a huge fall. Also, it makes you sound unsure of yourself, which will not work very well if you're trying to get people excited about something. Past that advice, it's all up to you. Good luck!
First, find out all your information such as where you are going to donate the money to after you gather and count it.
Next, decide on a date to do this. Try and make it at the least one week long and at the most 3 weeks. Then, you will want to decide on a prize for the winning team, so that they will actually want to participate.
Third, you have to find out who you are going to do the Penny Challenge with, so find out which people, groups or classes you will try and get permission from. Make sure you get the approval of the person or people, so that you know  they will participate.   Get your jars ready, and try and make sure they will be strong and won't break when dropped, like glass, so try and get plastic. Decorate all the jars so that they are not plain white or black. Remember, you want people to actually get up and put money in the jar.
Deliver the jars to the people or classes that you are doing it with and wait untill you need to pick up the jars. When the time is up then gather all your jars and count the money. Give the prize to the team or people with the most money and donate all the money you got in the Penny Challenge to the place you decided you would donate it to to.
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How To Start Your Own Penny Challenge!
    Rainforest Facts
> Over 1/2 of the rainforest has been destroyed with chainsaws, bulldozers, and fire.

> One-hundred thirty-seven plant, animal,  and insect species are lost each day.

> Over 20% of Earth's air and fresh water is made by the Amazon Rainforest.

> Over 5 million species live in the Amazon.

> In one pond in the Amazon, there could be more species of fish than in all of Europe's rivers.

> In 25 acres of Amazon, there could be 700 types of trees.

> The population of Amazon indians has been cut down to 200,000, from 10 million.
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