"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama
Service learning, philanthropy, empathy, community service, mindfulness, and many other terms have been woven into the school discussion in recent years, creating a new nomenclature around compassion and giving. Even so, figuring out how best to weave these critical messages into an already-busy school day can be challenging. We have worked with an organization called Learning to Give to come up with some very specific ways to tie these lessons into the classroom experience. Learning to Give is a great resource that equips K-12 teachers to educate students as philanthropists with knowledge, skills, and action to make a better world by:
- Providing student-centered lessons that connect students' civic lives to academic learning;
- Offering lessons and resources that complement academic instruction;
- Suggesting ways to seamlessly infuse philanthropy into existing lessons already being taught.
Project Giving Kids provides a place where those lessons can be brought to life and put into action, a place where kids can find ways they can make a difference working on causes they care about. Research shows children develop empathy and their giving passions through diverse and frequent service experiences. We provide a quick, easy and kid-friendly way to find projects that fit the busy lives of kids, families and classrooms.
Search Learning to Give's website with over 1,600 (free!) lesson plans related to philanthropy education and service learning using criteria such as:
- Grade level
- Academic standards
- Timely topics and events
Reasons to Join PGK
There couldn't be a better time for teaching students about philanthropy in school. Classroom projects that center around real-world issues teach students to ask questions, sift through facts, propose solutions, and take action to make a difference. Through philanthropy education, students learn that not only are they capable of making a difference, they have a responsibility to stay aware of current issues and participate in civic life to build the common good. This is what it means to be part of a community.