“HOW WONDERFUL THAT NO ONE NEED WAIT A SINGLE MOMENT TO IMPROVE THE WORLD.” ANNE FRANK
As I’m sure with many of you, I’ve been busy with the “holiday stuff.” Gifts that need to be purchased, a tree that needs to be decorated (then protected from little hands or paws), lights, advent calendars, the elf that needs to be moved every night…the list can go on and on. It’s busy, I know!
But here at Hillside, we like to take this time to reflect on all that we have and consider others that might not be as lucky. Here we have something called “The Giving Projects.”
Each class will start to identify a need in their community that they can do something about and then, with the guidance of their teacher, create a project that does just that; help their community. But where do we start? Well, the first step is looking around.
Maybe you hear the bell of the Salvation Army person in front of a store or someone waving a sign collecting toys for Toys for Tots. And I don’t know about your children, but mine will ask, “What are they doing?” or “Why are they doing that?” or if they don’t ask you, you can ask them.
Start the conversation!
Ask your children, “How can we help our community?” Let your child know that not everyone has everything they need and helping our community is something that is important in our community. Let them know that there are many people in our world that believe it’s important to help and you can help too.
It’s a great conversation, but if you need a little more help or your child is asking what they can do now, check out the links and books below. Just remember, during this crazy-busy time, taking the time to stop and consider others, and asking “how can I help?” is not only something we value here at Hillside, but something we do to connect and give back to the community to make it a little better.
Here are a few online resources to help:
Books about volunteering and Kids:
Can We Help? Kids Volunteering to Help Their Community y George Ancona
Wide-Open World By John Marshall
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Volunteering and Giving Back By Amy Newmark
Let’s Volunteer By Richard Pickman