Our Children’s Community Service
I just participated in a community service day at my grandchildren’s school. It was an evening of fun that included the following activities for children and their families:
- Making cards for seniors
- Creating dog toys
- Decorating blankets
- Making community garden decorations
- Collecting clothes, books, and toys
My grandchildren loved making the dog toys. I had fun creating a greeting card for a senior and having my grandson teach me how to draw winter plants and decorations. The highlight of the day was watching my grandchildren learn with their friends. They learned more about those who do not have family and friends living nearby to care for them.
What Our Children Can Learn From Community Service Events
My learning from this event includes the following:
- My grandchildren and their friends learned about the various types of community members that need help in their city.
- The children learned about products and services that can provide added comfort to these community members.
- Children can offer love and respect to their neighbors by sharing their art projects and greeting cards.
- The products made by the children will provide seniors and others with the knowledge that their community loves them.
- Children can support community services throughout the year.
- Families can join together as a school community and help those in need on a regular basis.
My grandchildren are fortunate that they attend a school that regularly participates in community services. I am excited to help with these special days and talk with my grandchildren about the love they share when they support those who need added services.
Please share your successes when participating in commmunity service activities with your children. We will share these successes in future blogs.
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Mary Ann Burke, Ed.D., Digital Education Expert, is a substitute distance learning teacher for Oak Grove School District in San Jose, California and the author of STUDENT-ENGAGED ASSESSMENT: Strategies to Empower All Learners (Rowman & Littlefield: 2020). Dr. Burke creates digital language arts and substitute teaching K – 12 activities for teachers and parents. She is the Cofounder of the Genparenting.com blog. Burke is the former Director II of Categorical & Special Projects for the Santa Clara County Office of Education that supports 31 school districts serving 272,321 students in Santa Clara County. She is also a previous Director – State & Federal Compliance for Oakland Unified School District, the former Director – Grantwriter for the Compton Unified School District, and was the initial VISTA Director for the Community Partnership Coalition in southern California. Much of her work focuses on creating innovative digital trainings and partnership programs for teachers and families to support students’ learning. These programs were featured as a best practice at a National Title I Conference, California’s Title I Conferences, AERA Conferences, an ASCD Conference, the NASSP Conference, and statewide educator conferences.