Education Community Service Program
Purpose: Literacy, broadly conceived as the basic knowledge and skills needed in a rapidly changing world is a fundamental human right. There are millions, the majority of whom are women, who lack opportunities to learn or have insufficient skills to be able to assert this right. The challenge is to enable them to do so. Literacy is also a catalyst for participating in social, cultural, political, and economic activities, and for learning throughout life.
• Deliver library books to homebound citizens in your community.
• Donate school supplies to schools in need throughout your community and state. Supplies can include: notebooks, pencils, small dry erase boards and markers, a hole punch, flash drives, and incentives such as stickers and small toys.
• Preschools and Head Start Programs are always in need of a variety of manipulatives such as magnetic letters, counters, and sight word games. Collect these at your first meeting in September or August with a Back to School Party theme.
• Donate recess and playground equipment. For example: games for indoors, jump ropes, and balls for outdoor recess.
• Work to stop bullying. At your local schools ask students to wear blue ribbons to remind others not to bully. Volunteer at the school to have students take the "Blue Pinky Swear," by painting their pinky finger blue, signing a paper hand to not bully, and placing the hand on a display board at the school. Purchase and distribute blue "Stop Bullying" bracelets.
• Fund school buses for classes to take field trips.
• Provide friend or Buddy Benches on playgrounds. Students sometimes feel unloved, lonely, and have sometimes been bullied. These benches are for such a student to sit and maybe connect with a new "buddy."
• Treat teachers throughout the school year with these special gifts: (Don't forget to include your club's name and phone number.)
• Start the Year Right: Help a teacher get their room organized before students arrive by arranging books and supplies, and by copying introductory papers.
• Just in Case Kits: Create a box or basket with: lip balm, pain reliever, teacher snack, adhesive notes, lint roller, gold stars, good pens, mouthwash, toothpaste/toothbrush, sewing kit, mints, nail file, band aids, tissues, hand cream, and whatever else you think a teacher may need or desire.