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Vancouver Classroom Rocks Their Daily Giving in February! #choosekind

This Vancouver classroom has made 28 days of giving easy for its students and decided to #choosekind. Miss Swanson’s grade 5 class at Ridgeview Elementary School in the West Vancouver School District has made their daily giving easy this winter, so easy all students are completing their gives and loving the experience!

What did they do? They created a 28 day giving calendar for the class, with a give assigned to each day in the month of February, Saturdays and Sundays included! Each student receives their giving calendar, is responsible to complete each give, and when their give is done, they color in the day. Parents sign the completed calendar at the end of the month and Miss Swanson gets all calendars!

What we love about this giving calendar is the all inclusive giving ideas! Gives are completed at school, in the community, at home and with family members. The class has not missed a beat in their daily gives! We also love that students can independently complete their gives when time allows. They can seize the giving opportunity when it arises or schedule their give into their day if that works best for them. This idea is sure to build a giving habit and ripple through to families, community members and other schools. Nice work!

30 Days of Giving – The Ridgeview Elementary School Way!

Need some inspiration? Want to build your own giving calendar next month? Here are the 28 gives that Miss Swanson’s Grade 5 class has already started in February.

  1. Pick up litter on the playground.
  2. Draw a picture for a friend.
  3. Make the bed for some else in your family.
  4. Write a thank you note to someone that you care about.
  5. Smile and say hello to your classmates.
  6. Donate a book, game or puzzle to the class library.
  7. Hold the door open for someone.
  8. Give someone a compliment.
  9. Give five different people a high five!
  10. Give someone a homemade coupon for a hug.
  11. Set the table for dinner.
  12. Teach a friend something.
  13. Help around the classroom without being asked.
  14. Do a chore at your house without being asked.
  15. Ask a grandparent or other relative about their childhood.
  16. Make something in the kitchen to share with your family.
  17. Donate some of your old clothes or toys to the Salvation Army.
  18. Make a Get Well Card for someone.
  19. Load or unload the dishwasher, or help do the dishes.
  20. Than your parents for something that they do for you all the time.
  21. Make a Valentine Card for everyone in your class.
  22. Say hello to a teacher in the hallway.
  23. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth.
  24. Help with the recycling at home.
  25. Make a donation to a local food bank.
  26. Do something you might not want to do to make someone else happy.
  27. Smile at someone you don’t know and see if they smile back.
  28. Choose your own act of kindness today and write it down.

Thank you to Ridgeview Elementary School for their giving idea! We hear that other classrooms have created some innovative giving ideas that fit into their daily class routine. Some classes put a small ball in a jar when they complete their daily give, another class puts a fuzzy ball into the giving classroom jar. We love that kids are giving every day at school and learning a habit of giving!

Have you signed your class up for the 365give Challenge? Sign up today and start adding your classroom gives to the Impact Map. Spreading happiness and giving ideas is a great way to change the world, one give at a time.

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)