I recently started an after-school group called Difference Makers. So far, I have just six members, and we've had only about five meetings, but I am already very, very happy about how it's going. Our goal is to simply "make a difference" in the world, and the kids are going to direct what that looks like. So far, we have:
*Secretly taken the trash out from 10-15 classrooms before the Buildings and Grounds staff could get to them (we wanted to brighten her day, since we knew she was worrying about a sick friend). We almost got caught, taking a load out to the dumpsters, and we had to suddenly drop the bags in the hallway (we heard her coming around the corner) and we booked it down the hall as fast as we could, of course, laughing our heads off from the thrill!
*Made a huge banner for a everyone to sign for a staff member with a terminal illness
*Cut/trimmed hundreds of Box Tops for Education (for the school, not for my homeroom, so keep 'em comin'!)
*Created a blog, Facebook page, and got our own email address
*Made signs for the school book fair
*Made some notes of encouragement to anonymously drop into random lockers throughout the school
*Volunteered at a local Red Cross blood drive
A beautiful thing about all of this so far is that none of these activities has cost us a dime, but the payoff has been priceless; these kids are so filled with sweet innocence, hope, and enthusiasm for helping others. I am loving it! Can you tell? [pic printed with permission from these two cutie pies and their parents]
As anyone who's ever volunteered regularly can tell you, you get far more back than you put in when you give a little of yourself for the benefit of others. I highly recommend that you get out there and make a difference, for others, and for yourself in the process!