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Students will grow their 365give Giving Tree with every daily give. The school has a big goal to complete 183 daily gives by the end of the school year.
“The 365give Challenge is a powerful educational tool instilling lifelong global citizenship while fulfilling curricular, school and district goals.” Lindsay Storry, teacher West Vancouver School District.
• Highly Motivating
• Empowers students to take ownership of their learning
• Creates a positive class and school culture
• Inquiry Based Learning
Why teach elementary school students how to be Global Citizens by giving every day?
Teaching children to give every day both locally and globally in tandem with their school curriculum has many scientifically proven benefits, including:
• Increased health and wellness
• Decreased stress
• Reduced incidents of bullying
• Increased engagement in classroom and school community
• Enhance intellectual capacity and grade point averages
“I have seen first- hand the power of the program in our elementary schools. Teachers, students and parents all appreciated how simple it was to participate, and saw that small or large everyday actions can have a lasting impact.” Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools, West Vancouver School District.
We look forward to sharing the student’s daily giving stories each week. If you would like more information about The 365give Challenge and how you can implement the program at your school contact us and we will be happy to help your students gain the benefits of learning to #giveeveryday.
Students that participated in the 365give Challenge learned that you can give every day even when schools out!
This past school year 13 dedicated teachers in the West Vancouver School District, committed to participate in a new educational initiative that would teach their students to give back to the world every day. Over 300 students participated in the program creating positive change in the world both locally and globally. Teachers incorporated daily gives into the fabric of their lesson plans to embrace community and global learning. Together classes were empowered to discover ways to give every day for one week in a learning and embracing environment. The daily giving rotated from class to class weekly throughout the school year.
Two grade one students from Ridgeview Elementary in West Vancouver, BC have fully embraced the concept of daily giving by cleaning up a school yard to give back to the environment and their community as the BC Teachers Strike continues throughout the province.
World renown researcher Dr. Stephen Post Ph.D. co-author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, believe “that when we give of ourselves, especially if we start young, everything is significantly affected from:
- Physical health
- Mortality is delayed
- Depression is reduced
- Well-being and good fortune are increased
In fact, research tells us that people who give- whether it be their time or money are more likely to be:
- Have higher quality social relationships
- Better at resolving conflict
- A high degree of empathy
- Reduces bullying
If you are looking for new activities for your family this summer start a daily giving project that will leave a life time imprint on their growing minds, the community and the world around them.
- Daily giving ideas can be found on our site.
- It will engage their minds with fun educational activities like Free Rice,
- Teach them about the planet (Earth 911) and how they can decrease their Carbon Foot Print
- Daily activities to engage them in a global understanding of food and the human connection with Community Partners like Whole Foods.
- They will learn they can make a global impact where ever they go every day.
The 365give blog has over 400 daily giving ideas that will inspire you to give every day this summer and teach your children to do the same. Teachers in West Vancouver found daily giving easy to weave into their daily curriculum and were excited to see how engaged and excited their students were to participate in the 365give Challenge.
You can join the giving movement now by supporting us on our Indiegogo Campaign so we can teach thousands of students globally how to give every day.
365give started as a dream to change the world for the better.
The 365give Challenge is as easy as 1,2,3. One give, One child, One day at a time. What began as a yearlong giving project with a mother and her child has grown to reach over 275 children. With your help 354give plans to expand our giving movement to reach thousands in September 2014 but we need your help with our campaign in Idiegogo fundraising campaign and here’s why….
Teaching children to give has been researched extensively throughout the world. The benefits to the children work directly with the social emotional education they are embracing in the schools every day.
- An increase in happiness and well being
- Better health
- Decrease in depression
- Less bullying
- Better social skills
- Increase in confidence
- Higher grade point averages
Here’s how the 365give Challenge works….
1) Each class participating in the 365give Challenge chooses 5 ways they can give back to the planet, a person or an animal. One give every day over the course of a school week. The 365give Challenge rotates from class to class each week.
2) Teachers work with their students to recorded each give in their school 365give book. They create 1 page each day that describes how their class left a positive footprint on the community and world around them.
3) Each “give” is tracked on the 365give Impact Tracking Board located in the school so students understand the impact they have as they complete their daily gives.
Teachers incorporated their daily giving as part of their every day curriculum using a range of subjects including:
- Environmental Studies
- Creative Arts
The 365give Challenge is an educational program that teaches philanthropy in the most simple, empowering, and exciting way for students and teachers. The program, in partnership with researchers from UBC and SFU, is being researched to reveal the long-term benefits of giving in school-aged children.
Students and teachers have engaged in over 150 “gives” which include:
- Baking 100 dog biscuits to celebrate the 100th day of school and donating them to Paws for a Cause.
- Helping other classes with playground clean up duty.
- Raising money for various organizations locally and globally.
- Bringing trash-less lunches to school as they learn about the environment.
- Doing shore-line clean up in support of the ocean.
- Taking home-made cookies to the fire-fighters to thank them for all they do.
- Working with local seniors.
- Creating videos about animal awareness.
You can read about the students daily giving on our blog.
Our goal is to have an addition 12 schools take part in the 365give Challenge for the school year starting in September 2014. We need your help to do so. We need donations to create a more interactive website which provides teaching tools, “giving” ideas, and support for schools doing the Challenge. 365give would like to create a portal for educators and students to log-on and share their giving ideas while providing a space where they can be celebrated. This grassroots giving movement will expand into a far-reaching global initiative, creating a fertile field for greater good to grow and flourish.
It can be done, with your help.
The beauty of this project is its simplicity and mobility:
One give, once child, one day at a time.
We have learned that sometimes what seems like the smallest give of all,
a smile or a word of encouragement,
can be the very thing that makes the biggest difference.
Check out our campaign on Indiegogo,
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