Service Learning Project – Placemats for Firefighters

Purpose of the Service Project

This service project was designed as a classroom project for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.

Firefighters work several days in a row without going home. They share their meals in the Firehouse.  Youth can create placemats for the Firefighters to use to remind them each day how thankful we are for the service they provide.

Who can do this Project?

This is a great project for students of any age. Younger grades can color their placemats while upper grades can assist in covering with clear contact paper to laminate the placemats.

Supplies Needed for Placemat Project

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  • Clear Contact Paper to laminate placemats
  • 11×17 paper if drawing placemats
  • Crayons/Color Pencils/Markers
  • Stickers

Print out coloring pages or have students draw their own pictures and messages. Laminate the place mats or cover with clear contact paper.

After making the Placemats

Deliver your place mats to your local fire station. To increase your impact, include some groceries or homemade goodies. You can also include this a part of a “Coke & a Smile” community building project.

Book to Read with Service Project if done with 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Purchase This Very Tree here

In the 1970s, nestled between the newly completed Twin Towers in New York City, a Callery pear tree was planted. Over the years, the tree provided shade for people looking for a place to rest and a home for birds, along with the first blooms of spring.

On September 11, 2001, everything changed. The tree’s home was destroyed, and it was buried under the rubble. But a month after tragedy struck, a shocking discovery was made at Ground Zero: the tree had survived.

Dubbed the “Survivor Tree,” it was moved to the Bronx to recover. And in the thoughtful care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Callery pear was nursed back to health. Almost a decade later, the Survivor Tree returned home and was planted in the 9/11 Memorial to provide beauty and comfort…and also hope.

This is the story of that tree―and of a nation in recovery. Told from the tree’s perspective, This Very Tree is a touching tribute to first responders, the resilience of America, and the restorative power of community.

Reflection Questions

These questions can help your students think about why they are doing this project.

  • Where do you think this project is important?
  • How do you think the firefighters will feel when eating and they see these placemats?
  • What other things can we do to show our appreciation for people who save lives?
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