Seasons of Service


Thanksgiving Learn & Serve

What better way to beat the Holiday Gimmees and observe Red Letter Days than to practice good deeds? Here's a way to discover the true meaning of holidays and heroes. Please join us in celebrating the following Season of Service.

Now comes the season just made for service learning. Time to count our blessings and recall the history of Thanksgiving. Time also to share bountiful harvests with the needy and neglected. Read how students can learn about first settlers and native peoples while serving up thanks to communities.

Template for Freedom Read the Mayflower Compact to learn why it symbolizes our nation's democratic institutions. Create and distribute a Public Service Announcement about this document.


Steer Clear of Stereotypes Ensure that even youngsters learn about local Native American peoples who live close by. Help students recognize signs of stereotyping and celebrate the contributions of contemporary Native Americans in newsletters or broadsides.


From Horn Books to EBooks Research Coming to America stories and read them to younger children. Conduct classroom surveys on how students, their parents, or ancestors arrived at our shores. Graph results and post on classroom or school web sites.


Thanksgiving Champion Write a skit about Sarah Josepha Hale's campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Invite family and community members to the performance.


Talking Turkey Discover how once endangered wild turkeys are making a comeback thanks to wildlife management. Make posters of this success story and display in central school areas or local storefronts.


Amaizing Grain Look up the history of corn. Read about a Three Sisters Garden and plan a spring school garden of corn, beans, and squash.


Blessings Brainstorm List how students enjoy the personal benefits of democracy and freedom. Include results in Thank You messages emailed to Veterans Centers and Hospitals.


Thanksgiving Cheer Fill baskets for residents of nursing or assisted living homes. Arrange to personally deliver them. Meet seniors and conduct oral histories recalling Thanksgiving pasts.


Can-Do Food Drive Help children learn the importance of a healthy diet and how hunger affects young and old Americans by reading A Can-Do Thanksgiving and organizing a food drive. Make sure students understand where their cans go and how they're used.


Over the River and Through the Woods Arrange a Thanksgiving sing along for hospitalized children. If a visit is impossible, record a tape of old favorites and new originals. Snail mail tape and cards or email songs and messages to local pediatric wards.


Hunger Banquet Organize and hold an Oxfam Hunger Banquet where students dramatize the "unequal distribution of resources and wealth in the world."


Help the Homeless Research myths & facts about homelessness. Conduct a pennies drive and donate results to a local homeless shelter. Encourage and supervise older students to help serve meals at food banks and shelters.


Changing Times Read Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day. Then take a virtual Field Trip to Plimoth Plantation. Create a mural of Children Then and Now for the school library.


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