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5 Community Service Projects for Students

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The holiday season can easily become more about getting than giving, especially for children who are inundated with commercials and visible signs of the holidays months before they happen.  If you are searching for a way to address the spirit of giving without going against school holiday policies, try doing a community service project.  While it may not be tied to a holiday, it is the perfect time to start emphasizing the joy that comes from giving.  Try one of the five service projects below to get you started.

 

5 Community Service Projects for Students

 

1.  Adopt-a-Senior:  Contact your local nursing home or assisted living facility to see if your class can come for a visit.  Whether your students pair up with residents to read their favorite book, sing a song they have practiced, or interview a resident as part of a writing assignment, both your students and the seniors will gain a lot from the experience.

2.  Clean Team:  Taking care of the school and the surrounding area is an important part of school pride.  Pioneer a “Clean Team” that walks the perimeter of the school property, cleans up trash from the playground, and makes sure the school is in tip-top shape every day.

3.  Knitting Club: As monthly columnist, Barbara Gruener, explains in her article Thanks and Giving, the knitting club in her school knits blankets, scarves, and baby hats for those in need.  “We knit for service without expecting anything in return, to pay it forward and help improve the lives of others.”

4.  Books for Kids: Encourage students to set a goal of the number of books they would like to donate to a local children’s hospital or shelter.  Have them write notes to family members asking for their support.  Depending on the size of the goal, this could be a year-long project.

5.  Reading is for the Dogs!:  Turn a class reading goal into a service project.  Ask students to get “penny sponsors” for each minute they read.  The money collected can then be used to buy food and supplies for a local animal shelter or rescue.

 

What are some of the ways that your class gets involved in the community?  Share your ideas with us below!

 

 

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BJ
BJ

Great ideas for community service projects.

Michelle H.
Michelle H.

My fourth graders learn about community needs, volunteer and learn how to give back to their community. They also help their school community by being peer-mentors to third graders who need a little extra attention as well as by being reading buddies with the kinders!

Evelyn Wilson
Evelyn Wilson

The students get involved in the community by writing letters to soldiers and collecting food for the local food pantry.

Twila Claycomb
Twila Claycomb

The kids have gone to the local nursing home and played handbells. This is loved by all the residents.

Gloria Wilson
Gloria Wilson

We have made pillows at Christmas time and donated them to the local extended care center for seniors in our community. We have visited in the past and delivered them personally. Older adults love getting small visitors who they can fuss over.

Julie Hiles
Julie Hiles

Our school just finished a coin drive for United Way. Also, my fifth grade class meets with a kindergarten class each week. My students have a buddy they work with. It teaches my students social skills, and it is a great service to the kindergarten teacher and students.

Cate Meixner
Cate Meixner

Such great ideas! I teach in a sped resource room in middle school such an important time to teach my students about community and giving back. Especially in times like these with our budget cuts-they have to learn that giving can be better than getting. I'm going to try some of these ideas. :)

Jordon @ Life is Better Messy
Jordon @ Life is Better Messy

After the devastating tornadoes in Alabama a few years ago, my second graders organized a district-wide campaign to collect soap. We titled the project, "Soap for Hope". It was an incredible experience for my students and I was blessed to part of it.

Abby Chavez
Abby Chavez

Since my preschoolers can't leave campus too often, we call and novice the community to our center! We have forfeiture, cops, animal experts and such come visit and teach us! We also go to a farm to meet the gamer and see what he does for a living and we go to a "hamburger farm" where we learn about growing all the crops to make a hamburger!