"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way." - Mary Ann Radmacher
Back to School Kindess List
By Rachel Hanebutt, Communications & Outreach Coordinator, PGK - Boston
Busy with the Back to School grind? Heading back to school soon? Project Giving Kids has created a list of great kindness-driven “to-dos” for you and your family to get this school year started on the nicest note! Here are only seven of the many ideas on our site - one for every day of the week!
1. Did you buy new crayons for school this year? Donate extra or unwanted crayons to Crayon Collection for kids who might not be able to afford new crayons for the new year.
2. While you’re at it, make more intentional, environmentally-friendly decisions when buying school supplies; buy “Green” school supplies” for your child and encourage other parents to do the same!
3. Back to school shopping means back to school tennis shoes (and good deals) - consider donating new tennis shoes to Gotta Have Sole for kids who can’t afford new shoes this year and teach your kids the importance of donating extra goods to those in need.
4. While school supplies are at their lowest costs, have your child pick out a couple extra school supplies to donate to Schools on Wheels’ School Supply Drive for Homeless Students.
5. Not sure what to buy? You can always donate to your local Walmart or other shopping center. Oftentimes there are boxes outside of shopping centers or schools for this purpose!
6. Are your kids excited to play sports this year? Have them pick out great books about sports and donate them to Doc Wayne’s All About Sports Book Drive! This is a fun and creative way to get your kids excited and to teach them compassion at the same time!
7. Imagine not having your family see you off on your first day of school. For children in the foster system, the new days of school can be tough. Consider filling a nice duffel bag or “sweet case” with hygiene products, books, crayons, and blankets for foster kids served by Together We Rise.
What is your favorite “to-do” in our list? We want to know! #GivingKIDS
Spotlight: Sophie & Lemonade
In Her Own Words...
"My friend and I decided to run this lemonade stand. Our first thought was to donate the money we earned to the children’s hospital to help cure cancer. But then I thought of Project Giving Kids and remembered that it supports all kinds of charities, so we decided to donate the money to them. That way we can help a whole bunch of different charities! We both felt happy and excited because we knew that people who needed things would be smiling back at us.” - Sophie, age 10
Screen Time to Promote Service? How PGK is Changing Lives Through Technology
By Rachel Hanebutt, Communcations & Outreach Coordinator, PGK - Boston
Studies have shown that kids are connected; some might say more connected ever before. According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of all teens spend time with friends via social media; 23% do so daily. Technology has undoubtedly revolutionized how we think about social relationships and connections; today’s kids cannot even imagine a world where immediately communicating with friends and family wasn’t possible.
But with the fear of too much “screen time” and myths that all television dumbs down the information kids receive, technology offers promising effects inside and out of the classroom. Technology platforms that seek to serve a greater purpose, like Project Giving Kids, become the opportune way for parents to leverage technology use in helping their kids to develop empathy skills and important social connections off-screen.
Finding ways for kids to connect with one another, learn about community causes and find out how they can make an impact in their community is one way that technology has worked to the advantage of today’s society. More specifically, today’s kids thrive on being able to find things out as soon as they think of them, to learn about them and to be able to share them with their friends. Why should service be any different?
Very few online platforms are able to leverage this social communication in a fun, but educational format. Service learning and doing kind things for others is essential for promoting a more caring, kind, and informed generation of leaders and policy makers.
Encourage your kids to form social connections by having them find great activities on PGK’s website. They can share them with their friends and start volunteering together, host a food drive together, or even just learn about great causes in their community! Using PGK’s technology, all kids can become #GivingKIDS, while forming important, but altruistic social connections with their peers.