When there was a need, these students and teachers stepped up. Here are 6 special stories of giving:

Acts of Generosity

Everyone deServes to Learn“My entire school, faculty included, participates in a food and clothing drive for our refugee population. We fill an entire storage closet with donations, and twice a year we hold a Market Day. We set up long tables in the cafeteria and invite the families to come and take what they need. Some teachers donate gift cards or other prizes that we raffle off when folks are finished with their shopping. We’ve even had large canvas bags donated so the families have an easy way to carry everything home. I love Market Day because my students’ families benefit so much from the donations, but also because it’s so heartwarming to see the generosity of others in the same community.” – Everyone deServes to Learn, New Jersey

A Gift of Memories

Julie Faulkner“I’m the yearbook sponsor, and we often have several seniors who aren’t able to afford a book. We started an adopt-a-student yearbook scholarship program. My staffers ask local business to make a donation, and then on Yearbook Distribution Day we make several seniors very happy.” – Julie Faulkner, Tennessee

A “Beary” Special Fundraiser

Sandra Naufal“I’ve taught at a lot of different schools but one community service project that stands out is our Wear Your Bear to School Day. It was a last-minute fundraiser for our local children’s hospital. One of our students was diagnosed with cancer so we wanted to show support. We had a teddy bear picnic and games day to honour him. I was in charge of sewing the bears that were in triage, and I recruited some of my friends in my class to help out. We went through slings made out of popsicle sticks, bandages, and rolls of toilet paper used as makeshift gauze. We gave a lot of money to the hospital that year. The student eventually passed on by the time he entered intermediate school. I often think of him. He was a ray of light. My favourite thing to doodle on my iPad or to paint is teddy bears. They just come naturally. Now I know why.” – Sandra Naufal, Ontario

Custom Books Made With Love

Ellen Weber - Brain based tasks for upper grades“My high school writers create books for younger learners who often have few or no books. First they interview the children to see their fiction interests or to help build curiosity for a non-fiction topic and for awesome brain facts kids love.  Then they write custom books for that child. They read the completed book to delighted young readers — and then present them with books created just for them! It’s a win-win as everybody learns and grows literacy skills in that fun exchange. Both younger and older students love the learning adventure! Here’s my resource that shows the steps: Write and Read a Brain Based Children’s Story.” – Ellen Weber – Brain based tasks for upper grades, New York

All Sorts of Good

That Rocks Math Science and ELA“This year at my middle school, I headed the Community Service Action Team. Things we accomplished included collecting pop tabs and monetary donations for the Ronald McDonald House, hosting an after-school community service club, making cookies and cards for our local police station, making dog and cat toys for an animal shelter, and sewing microwaveable rice bags to be used as heating pads for the assisted living community next door. We plan to continue our club next year and take it a few steps further, doing a canned food drive and volunteering at a local food pantry.  The students really stepped up to the challenges we gave them and were excited to be able to help the community in a variety of ways. For a list of unusual things that can be collected and used in charitable ways, take look at one of the freebies in our store.” – That Rocks Math and Science ELA, Missouri

For Our Furry Friends

OCBeachTeacher“At my high school, I sponsor Kids Against Animal Abuse and Testing (K.A.A.A.T.), an after-school club in which students do a variety of service projects to support animals. Two of our main events include a school-wide pet food drive for our local humane society and a fundraising campaign for the yearly Boardwalkin for Pets. In a recent pet food drive, we collected 826 pounds of pet food! Additionally, students educate themselves on animal advocacy issues such as the cruelty of puppy mills, cosmetic testing on animals, and most recently, an informational campaign about rabies prevention. As part of their advocacy, students create display showcases, write for our morning announcements, and make posters to educate their fellow students. My work with this club is very rewarding, and I love working with these compassionate students!” – OCBeachTeacher, Maryland

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Thank you thank you to these special teachers and their students who have given so much of themselves — all for the benefit of others. And thank you to so many of you, too, for making a difference in your community and truly changing lives.

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