Thanksgiving Service Project
Before Thanksgiving each year, I let my students know that in our class we remember that however much they don’t have, there’s always someone who has less. Therefore, they have to come up with some way to support a contribution to an outside organization before they have their own holiday party.
In the past, we’ve donated to a run-away shelter for teens and other organizations. We’ve also collected cans for recycling and redemption, and conducted fundraising drives targeting students at school. Whatever we did, it had to come from the students. I want them to feel the joy that comes from giving.
Usually I ask the recipient organization to send a letter to my class that they can enjoy. Then when it’s time for our party, they have the satisfaction of having given before asking.