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It’s week two of The 365give Challenge. Once again the students participating in the pilot amazed everyone with their unique and creative ways to give every day. Bethany Lam Buckle is the teacher of the grade 5 class at Ecole Pauline Johnson that inspired her students to give this week. She came up with create ways to integrate the daily giving into her lesson plans. Class ingratiation included physical education, reading and presentation skills that brought everyone to tears of joy after 5 days of giving. Bethany shares her classes story of how they completed and fully embraced The 365give Challenge.
Monday: We had our regular gym period at the end of the day and our class decided to continue with our planned “Capture the Flag” game… but with an environmental twist. Students were to pick up a piece of garbage from the playground every time they were caught, and they even made up a rule that you couldn’t just stay on your own side and not take a risk to avoid picking up garbage – you had to attempt for the flag at least once each minute. By the end of our game, the playground was spotless.
Tuesday: The students decided they wanted to read to the kindergarten classes. Each student was paired up with 2 or 3 kindergarten students and were able to read 4 or 5 books in English and in French. They were very happy to have us in their class and the two kindergarten teachers were very thankful! Many of our students commented after the reading session that they felt happy, good, and generous. They even said that the “kindies” showed their appreciation by giving them hugs and high fives!
Wednesday: The students brought in donations of money and pet food to donate to the BC-SPCA. We also announced that anyone else in the school wanting to contribute to our “give” would be appreciated as well. All of the donations totalled 116$! We thought that was pretty impressive since we only campaigned for one day!
Thursday: Our class walked over to Hollyburn House Senior’s Centre. Every Thursday, there is a gentleman who leads a “Laughter Group”. He was sick this week, so we subbed in for him, bringing our jokes, songs, costumes, funny faces, and funny stories. We started off with a few jokes and riddles, followed by songs and tongue twisters. The seniors were very appreciative of our visit and our efforts to make them laugh. One lady in particular thought that the purpose of our visit was to come and ask her questions about HER, when she soon realized that all of the “questions” being asked were silly ones! So we made sure we had a few minutes at the end of the session for a little greet and chat. The students had lots of fun and were talking about the “Laughter Group” the whole time we walked back to the school!
Friday: Our last day was kind of sad because the students didn’t want to stop. However, they had saved a good one for last! They brought in books from home that they no longer read to donate to a Vancouver school in need. They had chosen this “give” because they really wanted to help others who were less fortunate than themselves for one of their gives. We’ve had many discussions this year already about how fortunate we are to live where we do, to have what we have. Not everyone is as fortunate. They were very proud of their act of giving, especially because it would benefit children of the same age. Again, we invited the rest of the school to donate books as well. With our class, other donations, and even a donation from Mme Boulet’s library, we collected 2 big boxes full of books!
Thanks 365give for giving us this opportunity,
we are VERY excited about our second week!
A very special thank you to Bethany and her class for making
such a positive impact on the world.
The 365give Challenge launched in two public schools in West Vancouver this past week. We couldn’t wait to see how the students would chose to give every day, what their impact on the world would be and what they learned along the way. The results were astounding. Sarah Fee, teacher of grade 6 students at Ecole Pauline Johnson was the first class to complete a week of daily giving. She tells a clear story of each give and how the students embraced The 365give Challenge. The weekly recap has been completed in both English and French as Pauline Johnson is a French immersion school and we are thrilled The 365give Challenge is being taught in both English and French. Bonne Chance to the other classes working on The 365give Challenge in the coming weeks and we look forward to hearing your stories.
Day # 1
We began the week by watching ‘The Trash Vortex” video on YouTube and a large discussion surrounding the carbon foot print that we are leaving on the planet. We then decided to do our first “give” to the ‘environment’ and people which was to take over Mlle Fisher’s class’ garbage clean up. The students have never been so passionate about picking up garbage before because they knew they were doing it to help out the school and do a job for their “senior” peers. All accept one student said “they felt great doing this for others”. Mlle Fisher’s class gave them a huge “Merci” and even made our class a card to show their appreciation.
Day # 2
Our “give” today was to ‘people’, where students had to give a special note or letter to someone in the class or school and tell them why they appreciated them. They all, of course loved this one as they got a ‘free pass’ to give a note for the day. All of them said “this is fun and said they all felt happy after both receiving and giving the notes”. Many of them asked at our weekly class meeting if we could “do this every day”
Our class’ “give” today was to ‘animals’ and ‘people’, where during our computer block, I gave students animal websites (suggested by the 365 give team) as well as one to help combat famine in the world called Free Rice suggested by some of the students. We all had a great time learning how to help and giving various “gives”. On free rice you are able to see how many grains of rice you have helped to earn for a community that is in need. We even had one student who earned 3000 in 30 minutes! At the end of the lesson he said to me, “Madame, I gave a lot today and I feel really good”. The following day, many students had followed up with the websites at home and told me that they had brought their scores up to 10 000 grains of rice that they had donated. Another student took a particular interest in an animal cruelty story and wanted students in the class to sign a petition to put the people responsible for the cruelty in prison. He was very passionate about this and had many students in the class sign his petition and wanted the story brought forth to Mme Trudeau and Mr. Parslow so they could make other students and teachers aware of these issues.
Today was our last day of our trial week of 365, though I definitely think that after all we’ve learned, that it won’t be our last. Today we “gave” to ‘animals’, ‘people’ and ‘the environment’. Firstly, we did a “meat free Thursday” where most students brought a meatless lunch (unless pre ordered hot lunch). We also held a bake sale with all proceeds going to those victims of the typhoon in the Philippines in which all students participated and raised $292.60 cents and then after all items were sold, many students donated some of their own money to bring the total up to $302.60. We also did our weekly recycling for the school that is part of our everyday week but helping out our school and environment nonetheless.
Professional Development Day everyone had the day off school.
We had an action packed week and loved every minute of it! Good luck to all of you.
Nous avons commencé la semaine en regardant «Trash Vortex» vidéo sur YouTube qui était suive par une grande discussion sur l’empreinte de carbone que nous laissons sur la planète. Nous avons alors décidé de faire notre premier «donner» à ‘l’environnement’ et avait pris la responsabilité de la classe de Mlle Fisher à faire leurs nettoyage du terrain. Les étudiants n’ont jamais été aussi passionnés de ramassage des déchets avant parce qu’ils savaient qu’ils faisaient pour aider l’école et faire un travail pour leurs amis «seniors». Tout accepter un élève ont dit “ils me sentaient très bien le faire pour les autres ». La classe de Mlle Fisher leur a donné un énorme” Merci “et a même fait une carte pour notre classe pour montrer leur appréciation.
Notre “donner” pour aujourd’hui a été pour les «personnes», où les étudiants devaient donner une note particulière ou une lettre à quelqu’un dans la classe ou à l’école et leur dire pourquoi ils les appréciaient. Ils ont tous, bien sûr adoré celui-ci comme ils ont obtenu un «free pass» pour donner les notes pour la journée. Tous ont dit “c’est amusant et ont dit qu’ils se sentaient tous heureux après tant recevoir et de donner les notes”. Beaucoup d’entre eux ont demandé pendant notre réunion de classe, si nous pouvions “faire chaque jour”.
Notre ” donner ” pour aujourd’hui était pour les «animaux » et les «personnes», où lors de notre bloc de l’ordinateur, j’ai donné aux étudiants les sites-web d’animaux (proposées par l’équipe de donner 365) ainsi que l’un pour aider à combattre la famine dans le monde appelé www.freerice.com suggéré par certains élèves. Nous avons tous bien aime apprendre comment aider et donner de divers “donne”. Au site-web www.freerice.com, vous êtes capable de voir combien de grains de riz que vous avez aidé à gagner pour une communauté qui est dans le besoin. Nous avons même eu un étudiant qui a obtenu 3000 en 30 minutes! A la fin de la leçon, il m’a dit : «Madame, j’ai donné beaucoup de choses aujourd’hui et je me sens vraiment bien “. Le lendemain, de nombreux étudiants ont suivi avec les sites Web chez eux et m’ont dit qu’ils avaient apporté leurs scores jusqu’à 10 000 grains de riz.
Un autre étudiant a pris un intérêt particulier, dans une histoire de cruauté envers les animaux et voulait les élèves de la classe de signer une pétition pour mettre les personnes responsables de la cruauté en prison. Il était très passionné à ce sujet et a eu de nombreux élèves de la classe de signer sa pétition et voulait passe l’histoire à Mme Trudeau et M. Parslow afin qu’ils puissent faire d’autres élèves et les enseignants au courant de ces concernes.
Journee # 4
Aujourd’hui, c’était notre dernier jour de notre semaine pilot de 365, mais je pense vraiment que, après tout ce que nous avons appris, que ce ne sera pas notre dernière. Aujourd’hui notre “donné” c’était pour les «animaux», les «personnes» et «l’environnement». Tout d’abord, nous avons fait un «jeudi sans de la viande” où la plupart des étudiants ont apporté un diner sans viande (sauf pré commandé diner-chaud). Nous avons également organisé une vente de pâtisseries/buiscuits et toutes les fondes rammasse c’était pour les victimes du typhon aux Philippines dans lequel tous les élèves ont participé et ont soulevé 292,60$ et puis après tous les patisseries ont été vendus, de nombreux étudiants ont donné une partie de leur propre argent pour porter le total à 302,60$! Que j’était fiere! Nous avons aussi fait notre recyclage pour l’école qui fait partie de notre semaine tous les jours mais pour aider notre école et de l’environnement de même.
Nous avons eu une semaine remplie d’action et nous avons adoré chaque minute! Bonne chance à vous tous.
A special thank you to Sarah and her class for starting the 365give Challenge off with such a large impact to so many. Congratulations on being a new generation of change makers!
YOU CHANGED THE WORLD TODAY!
Ebenezer Scrooge begins The Christmas Carol with a “Bah humbug!”
He is both miserly and miserable. As the story unfolds, he eventually discovers the “giver’s glow,” as I like to call it. He is dancing on the streets in his new found generosity of heart. A glow stick is a translucent plastic tube containing substances that when combined make light through a chemical reaction. After the glass capsule in the plastic casing is broken, it glows. The brokenness is part of the process. Give and glow. Scrooge discovered this at last.
Rt. 80 out west shoots a little under Montana, where old Walter Breuning seemed to grasp this basic truth from early in life. Born in 1896, Walter, the world’s oldest man and a retired railroad clerk who lived in three centuries, died at age 114 on April 13, 2011, in Great Falls, where he had lived since 1918. Even as his health began to decline in the two years before his death, he is described as a cheerful soul. “He had that generosity of spirit in him,” said his pastor, the Rev. Terry Turner of the local 1st United Methodist Church. Rev. Turner shared a prayer with Walter just an hour before the supercentenarian died. Walter’s parents died at ages 50 and 46, and four siblings lived to be 78, 85, 91 and 100. He had a fine memory. He ate only two meals a day, and never ate supper or at night. He had a big breakfast with a lot of fruit, and lunch. He claimed he “drank water all the time.” He arose at 6:15 each morning. Walter recommended that people work as long as they can. He worked his entire career on the railroad until he officially retired but in fact he kept working until he was 99. Another life lesson was this: “The more you do for others, the better shape you’re in.” He also had lots of friends at Rainbow Senior Living. A celebrity in his old age who was interviewed widely, Walter was plain spoken and urged people to work hard and to be kind to each other. (From articles in The Great Falls Tribune.com, Great Falls, Montana. Of special interest was Richard Ecke’s “World’s Oldest Man Brightened Others’ Lives to the End,” 15 April 2011.)
“No man [or woman] can sincerely help another without helping himself.”
“To be good is to be in harmony with oneself.”
“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
Proverbs 11:25 reads,
“Those who refresh others are themselves refreshed.”
While most people already know this from experience, there are some fMRI studies of the brain showing that planning a donation activated the mesolimbic pathway, which is associated with increased dopamine (one of four natural happiness chemicals). Helping others directly triggered activity in the caudate nucleus and anterior cingulate, portions of the brain that turn on when people experience happiness. No wonder, then, that old St. Nick (a.k.a. “Santa Claus”) is always laughing and cheerful as he gives out his gifts. And no wonder that most of us actually do take a little more joy in giving gifts than in receiving them. In the end, the brain science is not terribly surprising, although it does confirm the obvious.
Is it really more blessed to give than to receive?
Do benevolent people experience higher levels of mental well-being? Are they healthier, and do they live longer? Increasingly, mainstream scientists are studying kindly, charitable interest in others, and the behaviours that go along with it, to find out whether there are associated health benefits. More significant relevant than brain science is the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey, released by United Healthcare and VolunteerMatch surveyed 4,500 American adults. 41 percent of Americans volunteered an average of 100 hours a year. 68 percent of those who volunteered reported that volunteering made them feel physically healthier. In addition,
- · 89% report that “volunteering has improved my sense of well-bring”
- · 73% agree that “volunteering lowered my stress levels”
- · 92% agree that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
- · 72% characterize themselves as “optimistic” compared to 60% of non-volunteers
- · 42% of volunteers report a “very good” sense of meaning in their lives, compared with 28% of non-volunteers
- · 96% said volunteering made them “feel happier”
If any compound could be invented to even come close to these results that manufacture would make trillions of dollars, because in truth of fact there are no existing mood drugs that make anything like this much of an impact.
About the Author:
Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good Things Happen to Good People, as listed by the Wall Street Journal. He speaks widely on themes of benevolent love and compassionate care at the interface of science, health, spirituality, and philanthropy. His work has been featured in periodicals such as Parade Magazine and O: The Oprah Magazine, and on such media venues as The Daily Show, John Stossel, 20/20 and Nightline. He has addressed the U.S. Congress on volunteerism and public health.