Community Service Learning (CSL) is an academic program and form of experiential learning where students contribute to their community by participating in placements related to course objectives.
At Ridgemont, students in the Equity and Social Justice (HSE4M) class are knitting Izzy Dolls for the Syrian refugee children that will be arriving in Ontario. Izzy dolls were inspired and named after Master Cpl. Mark Isfled who handed Izzy dolls to children he came across on war missions. All the students in the class are new to knitting, but my AT is taking her time to teach them how to create an Izzy doll so that they can later donate it towards this cause. The goal of the course is to develop and apply research skills as well as designing and implementing a social action initiative relating to an equity or social justice issue. Thus, this class has decided to work as a group to comfort refugee children. While knitting, they also communicate and reflect on a current world issue. It has been really interesting to see how frustrated they were when they first started this project and now, how happy they are to be starting their second Izzy Doll.
Check out this article regarding an Izzy Doll initiative in Ottawa: