Education

  • Teachers.  Think about your favorite teachers, and what made them special.  Then, write them a note to tell say that they made a difference in your life. 

  • School Library.  Volunteer to help at your school’s library
  • School Supplies.  Gather school supplies for homeless or needy children, and donate them to a school or community center.
  • New Students.  Go out of your way to help new students at your school.  Introduce them to your friends, and help them feel welcome.  Remember—some new students may not speak English very well, and they will need extra help with their school work and making friends.  
  • Help Other Students.  With your parents’ permission, ask your teacher if you can volunteer to give other students extra help with various subjects during or after school.   Offer to work one-on-one with a child who needs help in reading, math, spelling, etc.
  • School SWAT Teams.  Get permission to organize a school SWAT Team.  SWAT stands for “Students Who Assist Teachers.”  Students who join the SWAT team can help other students, teachers, staff, and parents before, during, and after school and during special school events.  
  • Reading and Books.  Read, read, read good books, and share them with others.  
  • Home Library.  Start your own library of good books at home.  
  • Book Drive.  Organize a book drive to collect new or gently used books for children who do not have access to many books.  
  • Read to Children.  Read to others, especially babies and other children, who will quickly learn to love books.
  • Read to Someone Who Can’t Read.  Read to a child who cannot read.  Read a newspaper to an elderly person who can no longer read the small print.   
  • Learn a New Skill.  Read a book that will teach you how to do something to help others, and then do it!  For example, learn to build a birdhouse, plant a garden, bake something, or make a quilt—and then share with others what you have made.    
  • School Projects.  Adapt your school projects (book reports, speeches) around local issues—like the “homeless.”  This will enable other classmates to learn about community issues, and ways they can help those in our community.
  • School Sports.  Start a collection drive for old sports equipment and donate those items to students in need. 

  • More Ideas.  Find more ideas for giving service under the Education topic on this site.