Grades 6-8 - Citizenship
Ask students to identify people who do volunteer work in their neighbourhood, such as volunteer fire-fighters, local service clubs, the school PTA, sports coaches, etc.
Students at this age have a better sense of what volunteering means. They may belong to a 4H Club, a group at their place of worship, a Girl Guide or Scouting organization, or some other community group. Discuss examples of what they have already experienced in terms of volunteering. Have they helped a neighbour by raking their lawn or carrying in groceries? Have they done volunteer work at a community centre or local charity? How have these actions made them feel? Did they observe how their actions made others feel? Discuss.
Suggest that this might be a great time to work together to assist a local food bank.
Consider inviting your class to bring in one canned or dry good to contribute to the local food bank. Spread the word and make it a whole school effort!
Process the experience by asking the students how they feel about what they have done. Brainstorm additional ways to reach out and volunteer in the community.
Remember: “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” ~Author Unknown