5 Ideas for Summer Service Projects

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Have you ever watched TV or spent a few moments on social media, noticed a problem that a student or someone else in your neighborhood had, and gotten a weird idea about what people could do to help out? That is what Caragan Olles did. She was diagnosed with dyslexia in third grade. The diagnosis made sense and explained why … Read More

Gratitude Is Good for the Heart: Teaching Kids the Value of Giving Thanks

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“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” (A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh) Today I read a letter that came in the mail from one of our granddaughters. She thanked us for attending a special occasion for her birthday. As I looked at the scrawled handwriting and the misshapen hearts … Read More

Ten Things Every Student Needs to Hear from Teachers

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When I returned to teaching after taking a 20-year hiatus to raise my own children, I had an opportunity to take over a sixth-grade class during the last six weeks of school. When first entering the room, I dodged ricocheting spitballs—not a prime situation for success. I knew I needed a strategy fast. I thought if I focused my attention … Read More

Peace Corps and Service

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By Barbara A. Lewis, author of The Teen Guide to Global Action Students at the University of Michigan in 1960 must have caught their breath when John F. Kennedy challenged them to contribute two years of their lives in volunteer work. What? Two years? Within weeks of his inauguration, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961. Any U.S. citizen … Read More

Inspiring Kids to Serve Interview With Nicole Lawrence

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I was recently invited to participate in an interview with the delightful Nicole Lawrence of the site Service Minded Families. During our conversation, I was able to share some of my experiences facilitating service opportunities for kids. Some of the main points I shared include: Parents can facilitate service projects, but may not necessarily initiate the service projects. Parents can … Read More

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects Interview

One of my favorite books that I’ve authored is The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects.  This book is so much fun for educators, parents and students alike and provides many ideas and valuable insight on how to serve in the community.  During my interview with Dr. James Sutton, we discuss youth oriented service projects, how to get kids excited and involved … Read More