QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Week 1 – “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Leo Buscaglia
Week 2- “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” Frank. A. Clark
Week 3 – “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” Denis Waitley
Week 4-” Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
Activities to do:
Caring Coupon Books(suggested for all grades)
Materials: paper and the template printed in advance, colored pencils. Make a template in advance and print 35 coupons per student. (try to fit them on one page). Have each student come up with ideas on how they can help someone they care about. Have them complete the template and decorate them. They can give these out to family members or friends as gifts. You can also punch a hole in the corner and tie with a ribbon.
I care for you. I will help you_________________. Love, ___________
Cards of Caring (Suggested for all grades)
Materials: Paper and crayons or colored pencils Caring Within the School: Have students make cards/write notes of appreciation and encouragement to someone in the school e.g.: teachers, the principal, cafeteria workers, office staff, and bus drivers. Arrange with the classroom teacher to have the students personally deliver their caring card.
Caring Within the Community: Have the students make cards for people in your community. This can be local fire fighters or police, Soldiers stationed overseas, elderly people living in a home, children at the Children’s hospital, families at a homeless shelter, families staying at Ronald McDonald House, etc. Please make arrangements to deliver these cards to the appropriate agency.
The Color of Caring (Suggested for all grades)
Materials: Two large clear drinking glasses, blue food coloring, bleach Fill one of the glasses about a quarter full of water. Fill the other glass a little more than half with bleach. Put one or two drops of food coloring into the glass of water. Stir the water to distribute the color. Explain that the blue water represents how someone who is hurting, sad, or lonely might feel on the inside. You've probably all heard the phrase "feeling blue." But, when we take the time caring and kind to someone who is sad, we can make a difference in their lives. (Hold up the glass of bleach and say that this represents “caring." Then pour it into the colored water.) By caring for others, look at the difference we can make.
YouTube is a great resource for videos about caring. Here are a few suggestions but feel free to find your own age appropriate videos. in how they feel. Watch as the water slowly starts to turn back to clear. (While you wait, it will take about a minute, you can discuss ways that we can care for others.) Clearly, you can make a difference by caring for others!
You will get a message to click over to YouTube to see the video. In this clip, a boy catches a baseball at a baseball game, and then gives the baseball to a younger boy who was disappointed that he didn’t win. This clip can be used to start a larger discussion about giving up what you want to make someone else feel better.
In this moving clip, a college softball player hits her first ever homerun in the conference championship. However, she tears her ACL at first base and cannot finish running the bases. According to the rules, no one on her team is allowed to help her walk; if they do, they will have to forfeit the homerun. A member of the opposing team asks the umpire if the opposing team can carry the girl around the bases, and he agrees. The entire other team lifts up the girl with the torn ACL and carries her to home plate. This clip can be used to start a discussion about sacrificing a game to make someone happy, and how it only takes one person to make a difference.
Make just one person happy each day and in forty years you will have made 14,600 people happy for a little time, at least”. ~Charles Willey
National Teacher’s Appreciation Week 3-7