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  • #2149

    ann
    Keymaster

    I want to start this section off with some suggestions from Kristy, a reader on Instagram (@krittyreads).

    She suggests:
    1) “Find out if your school district has or can set up a “Princiapal’s Pantry at any of the schools. A Principal’s Pantry provides food for kids that would not have food over the weekend or school holidays.”
    2) “Call your local food bank and see if they do a weekend backpack program for kids. Similar to the Principal’s Pantry but on a larger scale.”
    3) “Google ‘crisis nursery’ in your area. A crisis nursery provides emergency childcare for any situation. They always need donations of food, cleaning supplies, diapers, etc. They also have opportunities to come and play with the children (after a background check, etc.)”
    4) “Organize or participate in a school supply drive.” [Note from Ann: or change educational plans so that all school supplies are provided by the school.]
    5) Find out if your local food pantry collect non-food items like laundry detergent, diapers, etc. Some do, and some don’t.”

    A few of my own thoughts… these are important bandaid measures. They are needed, and we find our way forward one step at a time. We also must be careful around the concept of “charity” to ensure we are not doing it to make ourselves feel better and someone else feel worse. What we ultimately need is system change, where for example people get paid a living wage for work, but that takes time. So we must each find out own way forward, and as long as it is always coming from a place of respect for those whose needs are not being meet, we will be making progress.

  • #2158

    CarolAnn
    Participant

    Last year with the help of the other fourth grade teachers in my building, we began a Fourth Grade Leadership Group. We did a service project to benefit our community. Some things we did we Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, Humane Society, Birthday Bags for Crisis Intervention, & The Cheer Fund. The Fourth Grade Leaders facilitated by me each month made posters, created parent notes, spoke to each class about the month long project, did updates on morning announcements, and organized the donations at the end of the month. We can not wait to get started when the students return in August. I should also mention that we are a Title 1 School who has 72% free and reduced lunch.

    • #2161

      AlyssaMoore
      Participant

      Carol Ann – I love how student centered this sounds! Having students create parent notes and speak to other classes gives them so much power! It’s amazing what students can do when we give them the tools and BELIEVE in them!

      • #2171

        ann
        Keymaster

        I agree! I love how student-centered this is! And I love that you included that your school has a such a high percentage of free/reduced lunch. It can be so empowering for students who have been on the receiving end of help to get to be the ones helping ones. Relationships should always be a two-way street, and you’re giving them the opportunity to feel the power of that!

    • #2193

      teacherfig
      Participant

      Carol Ann – Thanks for saying this! Like others have said, I also teach at a Title I school and I love the idea that that doesn’t stop our kids from being the helpers and community changers, too!

  • #2166

    mcastner
    Participant

    Along these lines, I would like to stock a feminine hygiene basket in each of the girls restrooms. This could be good for everyone, as sometimes it is embarrassing when you get caught unprepared. Especially in MS. I’m thinking that having some deodorant and face wipes would be nice as well. I also discussed having some of these items in the library as well. One of the things that struck me about Zoey was the way that she had to help her mom pick and choose what gets washed. She selflessly picked items for her siblings neglecting herself. This needs to change.

    • #2169

      ann
      Keymaster

      I love the idea of having a basket of feminine products, deodorant and face wipes! Such a simple thing, but it can change someone’s day.

  • #2175

    kimikopettis
    Participant

    My students partner with The Night Ministry to feed 150 homeless people in Chicago near the school (South Shore area). This is an annual service learning opportunity they participate in to give back to their community. This year I am going to include giving toys to children in local hospitals, I know this will bring them joy and hopefully boosts their spirits during the holiday season.

    Kimiko Pettis
    @kcpteachertips
    ELA 6th-8th grade
    Chicago, IL

    • #2199

      ann
      Keymaster

      That’s great, Kimiko!

  • #2190

    ashley.grimes
    Participant

    I can’t wait for my group’s first Project LIT meeting because I want to bring all these ideas to the students and community members. I am hoping we can start an action plan this year at school that is student-led, teacher facilitated, and includes our community members. CarolAnn – thank you for sharing you are a Title I school. This gives me hope since we are also a Title I school with 70% + free/reduced lunch.

    • #2200

      ann
      Keymaster

      Awesome! Keep us posted on how it goes, Ashley!

  • #2192

    teacherfig
    Participant

    The first thing I think of is “What do my kids see a need for in our school already?” And I know that something that they see a need for is good recycling. My sister actually implemented change on her college campus related to recycling… Thinking aloud here, but I wonder if I could use her as a “special guest,” haha!

    • #2201

      ann
      Keymaster

      –> ““What do my kids see a need for in our school already?”

      I love this question! And yay for thinking outloud!

      • #2333

        ageis
        Participant

        I also like having the kids question and look for a need in their community. Their ideas can spur a community service project.

  • #2202

    willoughby
    Participant

    I would like to have my students do more. We already collect for families in need and the animal shelter. I want to find ways that they can do more for our community. I think this book would
    Lead to this discussion and them being inspired.

  • #2320

    tbreeden
    Participant

    Our area has a “secret boutique” where students are invited to “shop” for new or gently used, in style clothing. This is all run by volunteers and donations. It is an amazing organization!

  • #2325

    jessicatiara
    Participant

    We are going to work with our district and local churches to help out homeless families in our district. We will host drives to get necessities and will help clean the places we have for these families to stay while they get back on their feet.

    • #2332

      ageis
      Participant

      Your idea is great! Working with local churches is what I want to do as well. I know my area has a “neighbor to neighbor” store, and also another church has a food panty with a “free store”.

  • #2334

    ageis
    Participant

    I am hoping that Zoey’s story inspires my students to want to help others through social action as well as empathy to those that they come in contact with each and every day.

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