Of all the educational curricular areas and ideas service education and moral education are my favorites. Of course I became a teacher to help students become literate and knowledgeable and to assist them in becoming excellent mathematicians, scientists, etc. I think that is all very important. However, my primary motivation for becoming a teacher was and is that I want to encourage students to be “good people.” I think it is important to teach students the value in being kind, respectful, caring, and giving. I’m a big believer that actions speak louder than words. Students often learn more by watching what we do rather than from listening to what we say. I also believe that learning is enhanced when the learner is actively engaged. Service projects provide excellent opportunities to combine all of these elements into experiences that can have great, great benefit. Who knows, you might even end up encouraging your students to start their own projects just like these kids have done: Common Cents and PurBlu.
Here are a few trustworthy resources to help you begin using service projects in your classroom.
- Modest Needs
- Touch A Life
- Hurrican Katrina Recovery in Pascagoula, MS
- Ryan’s Hope
- Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
- Children for Tomorrow
- Cancer Related Charities – The Breast Cancer Site, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Live Strong, Susan G. Komen
- Access even more resources by clicking on the Service tag on my blog and bookmarks.
Would you please share your service project ideas, experiences, and resources with the rest of us?