School-wide service projects benefit students and the community alike. Research shows that service learning has a positive impact on students’ academic performance, interpersonal development and sense of civic responsibility. Participation in community service projects has been shown to engage students’ social, civic and academic skills. There are powerful lessons to be learned from serving the community in social responsibility, tolerance and perspective.If you are looking to provide this important learning experience in your school, you’ve got to pick a project that people will want to participate in and you’ve got to get everyone on board. Read on for some helpful tips.

Choosing a service project
When choosing your next school service project, try to focus on something that benefits the community while at the same time, engages students. Service projects should:

  • Be meaningful and real to the participants— students will be more likely to learn from the work they are doing if it is important or significant to them. Provide jotters and ask students to document their experiences, thoughts and feelings throughout the project.
  • Be cooperative rather than competitive to promote teamwork. Team T-shirts can be a great way to promote your project and unity alike.
  • Address complex problems in complex settings and offer problem-solving opportunities (i.e. an opportunity for critical thinking.) Encourage students to brainstorm solutions to the problem your service project addresses and allow them to share their ideas during class time.

Promoting your service project
Once you choose a worthwhile service project, you will need to get everyone on board and excited to participate. Encourage sign-up and get people talking by handing out fun Bend-A-Pens or cool tumblers that promote your project. Hang banners and posters throughout the school, include project details in overhead announcements and include a paragraph or two in your school newsletter. Don’t exclude support staff and parents from your promotional messages. Print table tents for school lounges and breakrooms and mail postcards to parents announcing your project and its specifics.

Share success
When your project comes to a close, don’t let the excitement die. Keep students posted on the project’s success. Let them know how they made a difference. Provide data—how many people were helped, what were some of the benefits seen by community, and what sort of an impact did this project have on the world around them. Knowing that the actions of each and every student made a difference may just make participation in the next project that much better.

Implement a school-wide service project that benefits students as much, if not more than the community and you’ve got a win-win situation.  In the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., “Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve.”

“Service Learning Research and Resources.” Service Learning Resources and Support. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012.

Service Learning. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012.

“What Are the Characteristics of Service-Learning?” National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Nov. 2012.

December
Monthly
Awareness Month of Awareness Months Month
World Aids Month
Bingo’s Birthday Month
National Drunk & Drugged Driving (3D)
National Write a Business Plan Month
National Tie Month
Operation Santa Paws
Quince and Watermelon Month
Root Vegetables and Exotic Fruits Month
Safe Toy and Gift Month
Spiritual Literacy Month
Take a New Year’s Resolution to Stop Smoking
Tomato and Winter Squash Month
Universal Human Rights Month
Worldwide Food Service Safety Month
Weekly
Cookie Cutter Week: 1-7
Tolerance Week: 1-7
Recipe Greeting for the Holidays Week: 1-8
Clerc-Gallaudet Week: 4-10
National Handwashing Awareness Week: 6-12
Chanukah (Hanukkkah): 9-16
Human Rights Week: 10-17
Halcyon Days: 14-18
Christmas Bird Count Week: 16-1/5
Gluten-Free Baking Week: 16-22
Posadas: 16-24
Saturnalia: 17-23
It’s About Time Week: 25-31
Kwanzaa: 26-1/1
Daily
1: Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
1: Earmuff Day or Chester Greenwood Day
1: Special Kids Day
1: Civil Air Patrol Day
1: Day With(out) Art Day
1: Rosa Parks Day
1: Skywarn Recognition Day
1: World Aids Day
2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery Day
2: National Mutt Day
2: Special Education Day
3: International Day of Disabled Persons
4: National Cookie Day
4: National Dice Day
5: AFL-CIO Day
5: Bathtub Party Day
5: International Ninja Day
5: Internati­onal Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development
6: Miners’ Day
6: National Pawnbrokers Day
6: St. Nicholas Day
7: Faux Fur Friday
7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
7: International Civil Aviation Day
7: National Cotton Candy Day
8: Day of the Horse
8: International Shareware Day
9-16: Chanukah (Hanukkkah)
9: International Anti-corruption Day
9: Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
9
: Weary Willie Day
9: World Choral Day
10: Dewey Decimal System Day
10: Human Rights Day
10: Nobel Prize Day
11: International Mountain Day
11: UNICEF Birthday
12: Poinsettia Day
14: Monkey Day
14: National Salesperson Day
15: Bill of Rights Day
15: Cat Herders Day
16: Barbie and Barney Backlash Day
16: Free Shipping Day
16: National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
16: Zionism Day
17: Wright Brothers Day
18: International Migrants Day
19: Day for South-South Cooperation
20: International Human Solidarity Day
20: Mudd Day
20: National Re-gifting Day
21: Crossword Puzzle Day
21: Forefathers Day
21: Humbug Day
21: National Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
21: Phileas Fogg Win A Wager Day
21: Underdog Day
21: World Peace Day/Winter Solstice
21: Yalda
21: Yule
22: Ann & Samantha Day
22: National Haiku Poetry Day
23: Festivus
24: Christmas Eve
25: A’Phabet Day or No ‘L’ Day
25: Asarah B’Tevet
25: Christmas
26: Boxing Day
26: National Candy Cane Day
26: National Thank-you Note Day
26: National Whiner’s Day
28: Holy Innocents Day
28: National Chocolate Day
28: Pledge of Allegiance Day
29: Tick Tock Day
30: Bacon Day
30: Falling Needles Family Fest Day
31: Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
31: Make Up Your Mind Day
31: New Years Eve
31: No Interruptions Day
31: Universal Hour of Peace Day
31: World Peace Meditation Day
Submit your review
1
2
3
4
5
Submit
     
Cancel

Create your own review

Average rating:  
 0 reviews

Hot Products

Shop 4imprint's Hottest Products!

Shop Now

Sale Products

Shop 4imprint's Sale Products!

Shop Now

New Products

Shop 4imprint's Newest Products!

Shop Now

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *