EducationWorld is pleased to present this article contributed by Greta Brewster, a non-profit consultant and writer for Teacherportal.com.
The holiday season offers an optimal time to teach young people about the value of helping others. In the classroom, activities focused on philanthropy can broaden students’ understanding of the culture they live in and make students aware of the challenges people around the world face in meeting their basic human needs. In addition, encouraging youth to help others outside of school hours can help offset the materialistic frenzy often associated with the holidays.
Studies show that youth who are taught to help others at a young age continue those practices through adulthood. Experts recommend involving youth as much as possible in deciding how and whom to help; they will be more invested in the outcome if they are an integral part of the process.
Below are a number of creative ways for students to help others during the holiday season, both in the classroom and at home.
In the Classroom
Outside of School
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