Honors Projects


Megan Leiss


As an education major and a student leader at Bowling Green State University I have grown immensely in the past four years. I feel this growth has been as a result of my involvement with service as well as the positive impact my professors have left on me. Therefore my honors project was developed in hopes of me creating an organization for my future students to be a part of to help them grow, too. This project researches the effects of community service on middle school students’ self-esteem by surveying students involved with a community service organization known as K-Kids. These students were surveyed before and after their involvement with the organization using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. The third and fourth grade students were assessed using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale that consists of 10 questions students ranked as Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. The fifth grade students were assessed using the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, which consists of 58 questions that students classified as “Like Me” or “Unlike Me.” Through these assessments and my research I learned more about the affect of community-based service organizations on students’ self-esteem. I hope to continue further research to identify direct correlations between service and self-esteem so that I can positively influence my students, in and outside the classroom.


Middle Childhood Education

First Advisor

Dr. Angela Thomas

First Advisor Department

School of Teaching and Learning

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Landry-Meyer

Second Advisor Department

Family and Consumer Sciences

Publication Date

Spring 4-24-2013