First, do your kids know a friend or student at school or church who has a chronic disease. It could be diabetes, muscular dystrophy, kidney disease, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, leukemia, or have they suffered a brain injury? Do they know an adult at church or the neighbor hood who has an illness or disease? Is there a national society or association that does research for that particular disease and could they use a donation? How about the family? Could they benefit from a little extra cash for medical expenses or piece of equipment? Help your kids with the steps below and help them to understand how good it will feel to do something for someone else. In the process, watch the boredom disappear.
First assess the situation
- Let the kids research and find a cause they would like to help. Use the Internet or library.
- Make a list of ways they could raise a small amount of money to help their cause.
Then begin to plan.
- Decide who will help with the project
- Find out what materials you need for your project and estimate if there is a cost.
- Set a time line for your project.
Next, implement or start your project
- Make the items needed or write the play you will perform. Maybe you will plan games or have a bake sale. The ideas are endless.
- Get the word out.
- Ask adults for help when needed
- Time for action....do your project
Evaluate the success of the project.
- How can you make it better?
- Do you want to do the same thing again next summer?
- Have you learned anything from your experience?
- Who did you help?