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10 Gives Perfect For Your Classroom and School

So you have taken on the 365give Challenge at School? Great news! Giving at school is as easy as 1, 2, 3. The more you give the happier your school will be! And the happier you will be. These 10 gives will get you started!

What we love about school gives is the flexibility. You can get together as a class and make one big give, or you can each complete a give that spreads to many people. How cool is that!

Here are some tried and true gives that classrooms and schools have done all over the world, some completed as a group and some completed by each individual student

10 Gives that Increase School Happiness

  1. Post Notes of Gratitude Around the School – Say thanks or write a compliment on notes posted through out the school. Include notes to teachers, janitors, office administrators and the principal. School is for students but it takes an army of people to make sure your school operates every single day.
  2. Host a Bake Sale for Charity – This give is fun and the proceeds can go to after school activities or a community organization. You decide what your funds benefit and start baking!
  3. Open the Door For Someone Else – Opening the door for someone is a nice thing to do. Try opening the door for someone else and see how it feels. Bet both of you have a smile on your face!
  4. Compliment Someone – Compliments are a great way to make others feel good. If someone answers a question right in class, give them a thumbs up. If someone was helpful, let them know you appreciated that. If they just got a cool haircut, let them know!
  5. Give A Helping Hand Around School- Help clean up in the classroom, the school cafeteria, the playground or outside the school grounds. A clean School is a great school and all of us can help out to keep it that way!
  6. Share Your Lunch – If you cant eat all your lunch, share it. If you see a friend has less of a lunch, share some of yours.
  7. Invite Someone to Play With You – If you see someone playing alone, ask them to come play with you. If there is a new kid in school, invite them to come play.
  8. Help Someone – Did you see someone drop their books? Is someone having a hard time putting on their winter coat. Does someone need help with some homework? Give them a hand.
  9. Let Someone In Front of the Line – Waiting for your turn at the fountain? Let someone else go first. Waiting in line for lunch? Let someone else go first? Letting someone else go in line ahead of you is a nice thing to do. Let them go before you.
  10. Have a Toy Drive – Have a classroom or school toy drive and donate all the toys to a local shelter. We all have lots of toys, and it is great to share what we have. Get everyone to choose one toy, bring it to school and donate all the toys to a local shelter. Other kids who have little to none could use a toy to play with.

Do you have a favorite give that your class or school completed? Do you have a great idea for a classroom give? Let your teacher know and share it with us. We love hearing what schools and classrooms are doing and share their ideas through our website and social media.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)