Part of educating our students involves making them aware of the world in which they live – the good and the bad, the positive and the negative, the right and the wrong, the haves and the have-nots. As the future leaders of our country, today’s students must be exposed to the realities of the present day. We must teach them to recognize things that need change, to dream big, to set goals, and how to go about making changes in our world.
What can schools and teaches do to bring awareness to students and to encourage acts of service? Below are a few ideas to get started with:
- Talk to students about what an ideal world looks like to them. Brainstorm qualities and write them down. Next, have a discussion with students about how the world lines up with their “ideal world.” Then, dialogue with students about things that they think need fixing or changing in our world. Encourage them to think of those that may need assistance.
- Allow students to come up with ideas of service that would help to achieve their ideas for a better world. Suggest a few things to get them started, like: shoveling snow for a neighbor, serving food at a homeless shelter, reading or providing entertainment to the elderly at a retirement home, cleaning up the neighborhood park, volunteering, etc.
- Provide outlets for students to complete their acts of service. Create a list of services with the students, and then look for places where those services can be provided.
- Offer food and clothing drives for those in need.
- Visit www.mlkday.gov to find fantastic opportunities for service in your own community. See if any would work for your school/students.
FOR FURTHER IDEAS ON THESE THEMES SEE RACEBRIDGES RESOURCE :
GIVING IT BACK : SERVICE LEARNING IN YOUR CLASSROOM