Service projects are a great way to teach children kindness and get them involved in their community.
You may be aware that I have been a preschool teacher for 17 years and love finding different ways of teaching kindness and community service to our students.
Back in July when I attended the Haven Conference in Atlanta I met with the representative from Stars of Hope.
Stars of Hope
Stars of Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to empower people of all ages to transform communities and individuals in need of hope through the power of art and messages of healing.”
I knew immediately this would be a great project for our older classes at the preschool.
The 3 and 4 year old classes worked on the stars that we decided should go to veterans in the local nursing home in our community.
We live in a community that is near the military base and there are lots of veterans and active military.
The kids painted the stars in red, white and blue mostly and had the teachers write their messages of thankfulness for their service.
Veterans Day is a time to remember Veterans both current and past.
Thanking them for their service and sacrifice.
On Veterans Day I personally hand delivered a Star of Hope to each veteran in the local nursing home.
When I thanked them and told them who made the stars, it lifted their spirits.
Some even offered money for them.
After explaining to them that the children wanted to thank them for their service with these stars and the messages on the back.
It also served as a great teaching tool for the children.
Teaching children about community
Parents and teachers, do not underestimate the value your children can add to the community.
Simple acts of service through art is a great way to the each them about community.
If you are looking for an amazing mission to donate to they are currently on the Hope Across America Tour.
Your donation helps students and communities who are creating outside of the Big Orange Stars of Hope Healing Arts Vehicle.
Till next time