Charity Begins at School

Objectives & Outcomes

The students will be able to analyze the needs of a charitable organization, and then design and plan an imaginary and creative event/program to raise funds for the organization.

Materials Needed

Access to the Internet or other resources to research charitable organizations, display boards, Power Point program or other needs for students’ classroom presentations

Prepare ahead of time:  Example of recent fundraisers held by charities to raise money for various needs.


Opening to Lesson

  • As students walk into the classroom, the teacher will hold out a container asking students for small donations for a charity. (Tell each student to remember what they give.  This is in order to return the money later.)
  • Ask students how they feel about charitable giving and if any of them have ever been involved in a fundraiser, even by volunteering or giving.
  • Allow responses and discuss the different events.

Body of Lesson


  • Display some of the events the students mention
  • Ask students which of the events would probably raise the least or most amount of funds
  • Ask students which one sounds like the most or least fun
  • Ask students: What would you change about each event?
  • Allow for responses. Tell students they will be creating a fundraising event.

Guided Practice

  • Distribute the prepared rubric for the assignment
  • Assign students in pairs.
  • Go over the rubric checklist and answer any questions students may have about it
  • Tell students the fundraiser can last no longer than 3 days, but must last at least one day.
  • The students will then use the Internet or other resources to choose a real charitable organization to discover their needs.
  • The students must decide on a fundraising goal and time frame
  • Encourage students to be creative with their ideas
  • Next, the students will spend time designing and planning a fundraiser to reach the goal.
  • The students must create equations for number of participants expected, donated money, etc., and how the goal will be accomplished
  • The expenses must also be considered, volunteers needed, etc.
  • Communication of the fundraiser to possible participants
  • Finally, the students will be required to present all information, ideas, and other data to the class during a presentation

Independent Practice

  • For homework, have students write a short essay about the experience, what they learned and why it is important to plan ahead for events such as fundraisers.


Allow students to share some of their homework responses.  Ask students what some of the obstacles might be in having fundraisers.

Assessment & Evaluation

Rubrics to determine the students included the details needed in planning the event, presentation, etc.

Modification & Differentiation

Students do the research individually or in larger groups.  Use local charitable organizations.  Allow the class to pick the best fundraiser and follow through with it as a school event.  Have students write letters to the charitable organization outlining the idea.  Increase or decrease the time limit of the event.


Life Lessons: 7 Ideas for Teaching Kids About Charity

In our digital age, kids and teens are often profiled as self-consumed and in need of near constant instant gratification. As teachers, we know this stereotype is simply too flat. Our students have incredible potential for giving and kindness when it is both taught and expected, and we can develop or strengthen their empathy muscles though teaching kids about charity. While charity is usually thought of in dollar signs, there are options that don’t require students digging into piggy banks and couch cushions to offer support to others.

To Begin

Ask students to picture a philanthropist, someone who works in the welfare of others typically through donations – who do they see in their minds? Older students may have visions of Oprah or have heard a bit about Bill and Melinda Gates and their annual letter. For younger students especially, it may be helpful to open with a related read-aloud like Strega Nona’s Harvest or ask a parent or school volunteer to share their experiences giving time or money to a charity of their choice. Share with students that anyone can give and that there are many ways to do so.

Creating Context

In the age of Marie Kondo, students may have seen or even helped their parents downsize belongings and eventually donate a local thrift store. They may have heard about a recent natural disaster or crisis locally or in another part of the world. Ask students, “How can sharing with others improve our community and the lives of others?” and “What are ways we can give or time or money to benefit people in need?”

Exploring Options for Giving

Whether your students are young or old, we’ve rounded up seven simple charity activities to help instill a sense of compassion and giving with students.

Hair Donations

Hair donations are a no-cost option for students to contribute to wigs for children and adults suffering from alopecia, the radiation or chemotherapy associated with cancer, or hair loss from other medical conditions. There are six major organizations known for hair donations and most organizations require at least eight inches for donations, so your students may need to commit to preparing for this method giving for a sustained period of time. You can also explore local options and connect with local cancer charities to learn if there are community options.

Food Banks

As one of the more traditional modes of giving, food bank charities can be an especially simple way to introduce students to giving. Most kids are aware that food is an absolute need and that not everyone goes to sleep with a full belly every night. Food charities are often thought of seasonally, especially around Thanksgiving and winter holidays, but help students understand that hunger is an ongoing issue for many kids and families by running regular non-perishable food drives.

Pet Shelter Needs

Most kids love animals of all shapes and sizes. Students can raise money to buy new pet items, but in most cases, shelters will take gently used items that pets may have outgrown like collars, carriers, and sometimes even toys. Shelters have other operational needs too, like hand sanitizer, heating pads, blanks, and towels. Check with your local shelter to understand their unique and current needs.

Senior Center or Retirement Home

There is incredible value in young people providing quality time and companionship to seniors. Help students learn and practice communication and interview skills by pairing them with a buddy to explore personal experiences, favorite hobbies, or skills, and maybe even find a few common interests. Create the Good offers a helpful guide for preparing for visits.

School Donations

At many high schools, the senior class leaves behind a gift to the school – something to make their mark meaningfully. Giving back to the school community as a 5th, 8th, or 12th grader is a no-brainer for students who have enjoyed the educational experience built by their teachers, classmates, and school administration. Have students brainstorm what would leave a lasting impression – does the campus need new gym equipment, something as simple as a plant a small vegetable garden, or maybe a buddy bench for the playground? Your students will certainly have opinions and ideas for what the school needs.


Books, especially the acts of weeding and giving away books, can be a sentimental matter. If your students or their families have like-new copies they’re willing to part with, some libraries accept donations. Not all donated books end up on your library’s shelves though – they have to be evaluated by a librarian who decides if the permanent collection could use this particular read. Often donated books end up at Friends of the Library sales, which raise money to cover for other needs the library may have. Check with your local branch – they’ll point you and your books in the right direction.

Children’s Hospital

Students sometimes have experiences with friends or family who are facing medical challenges or can perhaps just more easily relate to to the difficulties of missing school or feeling sick for a prolonged period. Each hospital will have a giving and donations policy listed online – be sure to do your research as some accept new toy donations while others prefer monetary giving or have particular “wish list” items they’re hoping to receive.

An Easy Philanthropy Lesson Plan

After sharing a few ideas for giving like those above, ask students to research and select a charity they’d like to support. Explain that students are going to work on a persuasive project to urge their classmates (and perhaps their parents or the adults in their lives) to encourage giving to their focus charity. Students can either write a speech, design a poster, or craft a tri-fold handout.

Have students draft SMART goals to being planning for their giving:

Specific – What exactly do I want to happen for my charity? (How much money would I like to raise?)

Measurable – How will I know when I am reaching my goal?

Actionable – What actions will my classmate and/or I take to achieve my goal?

Realistic – Why is my goal important and what plan will I need to follow to reach it?

Timely – When do I plan to reach my goal?

Then ask students to think about how they plan to convince their classmates that their charity is worth supporting.

After each student has presented their plan to the class, ask your students to reflect on what charities caught their attention.

  • Would they be interested in supporting that organization or cause in the future?
  • Are students interested in giving to this charity once or regularly? Why?
  • What are some steps students could take to make these giving projects come to life?

Tips for Teaching Kids About Charity

It’s never too early to teach your children the value of empathy, volunteering, and charitable giving of one’s resources. You are your child’s best example and as Mary Gordon, the founder of Roots of Empathy, reminds us, “Empathy is caught, not taught.” She goes on further to explain:1

“Teaching children emotional literacy and developing their capacity to take the perspective of others are key steps towards collaboration and civility; they are indispensable steps towards preventing aggressive and bullying behaviours. As children develop empathy it seems to come ready-made with courage and imagination. Children understand marginalization and issues of social justice in a clear and uncluttered way.”

Teaching kids about charitable giving and empathy is rewarding for the whole family. Below are four tips to get you started in your lessons.

Introduce Empathy at a Young Age

When talking about interaction with other people, parents should dicsuss the concept of empathy with their children as soon as possible. Very young children often don’t realize that other people have feelings, ideas, and emotions of their own. You can help children along in the following ways:

  • Talk about how others feel: (Sarah is feeling sad because she lost her toy, should we go and get her another one?)
  • Suggest how to help others: (Let’s go get Billy a bandaid for his scraped knee, he would feel better if we help.)
  • Read stories about feelings: (The Little Book of Big Feelings by Marzi Wilson or My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss.)
  • Teach self-awareness by using “I” statements: (I don’t like it when you kick me. It hurts and makes me feel sad.)

By the time they turn three, children begin to understand and respect the fact that each and every person has feelings. Knowing that other people have a life and feelings of their own, children can begin to develop and hone a sense of empathy. This capacity for empathy is the very basis for charity.

Set a Good Example

It’s important for parents to create a family environment where giving is natural and encouraged. It’s good for children to see their parents donating charitably and, just as important, to see what a privilege it is for their parents to be able to give.

Include your children in your own volunteer or charity activities.

  • Let them see you dropping money into charity boxes.
  • Encourage them to help you pick out canned foods during a food drive.
  • Let them tag along when you participate in a walk for a cause you care about.
  • Encourage them to help you write cards to the elderly.

Each time your child sees you giving to charity, it reinforces good behavior and gives you an opportunity to explain why it’s important to give and how rewarding charity can be.

Explore All the Different Ways to Give

There are over 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the U.S. alone. provides a user-friendly way to sort and browse charities that may interest you.

Some of their top charity categories include:

  • African American
  • American Indian
  • Animal & Animal Protection
  • Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Cancer
  • International Relief & Development
  • Hunger
  • Peace & International Relations
  • Women’s Rights
  • Youth Development

There are many ways a child can learn the value of giving and plenty of volunteer ideas for kids. Setting up a charity box in the home can show how even a little bit of money can make a difference when given with a good heart. Encourage the donation of old toys, school supplies, and clothing to other needy children.

It’s also a good idea to teach your little ones that donating time is often just as powerful as donating money and things. Take the whole family for an outing serving dinner at a local soup kitchen or make a habit of keeping a basket of fruit or snacks in the car to give to hungry people in need.

Involve Children in Volunteer and Charitable Activities

It’s easier for younger children to understand more direct and concrete examples of charitable giving. They know they love their favorite toys, so you can explain to them that not everyone is fortunate to have toys to play with.

Likewise, you can help them set up a charity box to which they can contribute part of their allowance or loose change. Making philanthropic donations a regular activity around the house will reinforce charitable values in your children’s lives.

Key Takeaway:

It’s especially important to teach youth that they are part of a larger community and that everyone is responsible for those around them. By giving the value of charity a central role in the family dynamic, you encourage your child to grow up with a healthy sense of compassion and a strong charitable spirit.


Youth: 7 reasons parents are buying soccer protective gear

Many may not realize it, but soccer is a contact sport, with injuries affecting millions of youth players every year. To fight this, players and parents globally are turning to a new breed of protective soccer gear designed by the Brooklyn brand Storelli.

We dug deeper to find out why.

1. Every Season, 1 OUT OF 2 Players Are Injured

According to NCAA studies on both men and women soccer, each player has a 50% chance of getting hurt each season…ugh! While 50%+ of injuries affect the legs, up to 10% affect the head, with girls 2x more likely to suffer head injuries than boys.

Bottom line: injuries in soccer happen, and it’s up to us to do something about it. Protective gear for soccer players may be the answer.

2. Injuries hurt the body and the mind

We all know that soccer injuries affect us physically. But when soccer players are injured at a young age they also have the potential to affect physical development into adulthood. The impact of physical injuries may lead to decreased concentration, confidence and performance.

3. Injured players enjoy the game less

At the end of the day, sports are meant to be fun. As we have all experienced, even small injuries can ruin the enjoyment of any activity, including soccer. Protecting the body means protecting the joy of the game. Because what’s the point of playing if we are not having fun? That’s why protective soccer gear, especially for youth players, is an investment that parents should consider. This equipment can keep boys and girls involved for more time in the sport.

4. Soccer protection gear works

At Storelli, we pride ourselves on making products that help keep players on the field. By applying cutting-edge, military-grade materials to each and every product we manufacture, our soccer protection gear is designed to either shield players from impact or prevent turf burns. The products are light, comfortable and stylish.

5. Players love soccer protective gear

The key to the rapid adoption of soccer protection gear from Storelli is that players love it. For 2 primary reasons: 

  1. It makes them play more confidently; and 
  2. It looks cool.

This is why Storelli customers rate its products so highly, and 9 out of 10 proactively recommend the gear to other parents and players.

6. World-class pros wear it too

Few players know the value of staying fit than professionals. Storelli gear is being worn at all levels of the game, all the way to world-class players in Premier League and World Cup champions like former Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas. It makes many parents feel good to know that the same gear that protects their kids protects the best of the best.

7. You can try it risk-free

Storelli lets you try the gear risk-free – with free U.S. shipping, free size exchanges and really easy returns. Their US-based customer support is also super responsive and friendly, which helps in choosing the right gear and feeling comfortable that someone will be there to assist.



Sports and Exercise Safety

Did you know that playing tennis with a badly strung racquet while wearing worn-out shoes can increase your risk of injury almost as much as playing football without shoulder pads? Using the wrong — or not properly fitted — equipment is a major cause of injuries.

Helmets Are Key

The equipment you wear while participating in sports and other activities is key to preventing injuries.

Start with helmets: They’re important for sports such as football, hockey, baseball, softball, biking, skateboarding, inline skating, skiing, and snowboarding — to name just a few.

  • Always wear a helmet made for the sport you’re playing.
  • When choosing a bike helmet, look for a sticker that says the helmet meets the safety standard set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a federal regulatory agency that creates safety standards for bike helmets and other safety equipment.
  • If you use a multi-sport helmet for inline skating and skateboarding, it is not considered safe for bicycle riding unless it has the CPSC sticker.
  • Any helmet should fit snugly but comfortably on your head and shouldn’t tilt backward or forward.

Eye Protection

Eye protection also is a must for many sports:

  • The most protective eye gear is made from a plastic called polycarbonate and has been tested especially for sports use.
  • Facemasks or polycarbonate guards or shields that attach to a helmet are worn in sports such as football, ice hockey, and softball and baseball when batting.
  • Goggles are often worn for soccer, basketball, racquet sports, snowboarding, street hockey, and baseball and softball when fielding.
  • If you wear glasses, you’ll probably need prescription polycarbonate goggles — don’t just wear your regular glasses when you’re on the court or field.
  • All eye protection should fit securely and have cushions above your eyebrows and over your nose.

More Essential Equipment

Mouthguards can protect your mouth, teeth, and tongue:

  • You should wear a mouthguard if you play a contact sport or other sport where head injury is a risk, such as football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, martial arts, boxing, or wrestling.
  • Mouthguards can be fitted for your mouth by a dentist or purchased at sports stores.
  • If you wear a retainer, always take it out before you start to exercise, practice, or play.

Wrist, knee, and elbow guards are important gear, too:

  • If you inline skate, skateboard, or ride a scooter, you should wear guards.
  • Elbow and wrist guards can prevent arm and wrist fractures, and knee guards can shield your knees from cuts and breaks.

If you play certain sports, especially contact sports, pads are essential:

  • All kinds of sports, from hockey to inline skating, use pads. There are shin, knee, elbow, wrist, chest, shoulder, hip, and thigh pads.
  • Check with your coach or doctor to find out what kinds of pads you might need for your sport.

Some guys may also need to wear a protective cup (to protect the testicles):

  • Guys who play hockey, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and other contact sports should use a cup.
  • For noncontact sports that involve running, guys should wear an athletic supporter.
  • If you’re unsure, ask your coach, athletic trainer, or parent if you need a cup for your sport.

And last but not least, the right footwear can keep you from tripping and falling:

  • You know that sports like football, baseball, softball, and soccer require cleats. But you may not realize that sports like skateboarding and biking need special types of shoes, too. Ask your coach or doctor what shoes are best for your sport.
  • Replace shoes and cleats that have worn out or are no longer supportive.

Not only is the right kind of equipment important, so is the right fit. If you don’t know if your equipment fits properly, check with a coach, gym teacher, athletic trainer, or parent to make sure you have the right size and that you’re wearing it correctly. Many sporting goods stores can also help you find the right fit.

The bottom line: Wearing the right equipment with the right fit greatly lowers your risk of getting hurt.

Warm Up to Keep Your Game Up

Don’t rush into any sport or exercise without warming up first — muscles that haven’t been properly prepared tend to be injured more easily.

Start out with some light cardiovascular activities, such as easy jogging, jumping jacks, or brisk walking, just to get your muscles going. Follow your brief warm-up with some stretches. (Stretching works best after a warm-up because your tissues are more elastic [flexible] due to the increase in heat and blood flow to the muscles.)

In addition to warm-ups and stretches, practice sessions are also excellent preparation for most sports or activities. If you belong to a team, attend as many team practices and games as possible. This will put you in top physical condition and help you and your teammates work together — and knowing how your teammates play will help prevent injuries.

Even if you don’t belong to a team, you can use regular workouts and practices to enhance your performance and lessen the chance of injuries. Remember, if a tool isn’t used, it gets rusty, so keep yourself in top shape with regular practice. For instance, try doing tennis drills or practicing your serve before starting a set. Shoot some baskets or play a quick game of one-on-one with a friend. Practice gets your brain and body to work together while improving your performance.

Although you should practice regularly, don’t overdo it. Sudden increases in training frequency, duration, or intensity might produce better performance at first but can lead to overuse injuries later. Your doctor or coach can help you develop a training and conditioning program that’s appropriate for your age and level of development.

Staying Off the Court When You’re Hurt

If you’ve been injured and you try to come back too soon, you run the great risk of reinjuring yourself — maybe even more seriously than before. Don’t let anyone — including yourself, your parents, your friends, or even your coach — pressure you into playing before your body is fully healed. Your doctor, coach, or trainer will give you specific advice on when you should return to your sport or activity.

Taking time to heal is particularly important if you’ve had a concussion. Lots of athletes try to come back too quickly after getting a concussion — because they can’t see an injury, they think they’re OK to play. But jumping back into the game too soon puts a player at greater risk for another concussion — as well as other even more dangerous brain injuries. So always get clearance from your doctor to play again if you’ve had a concussion.

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Safety Gear for Sports and Play

Many childhood injuries can be prevented. Give your child the right safety gear, teach them how to use it and make sure they wear it every time. Check with your child’s coach to see which gear is needed. Also check local laws – wearing a bike helmet is the law in some areas.

Here is the gear that your child should use for sports and play:

Bicycles or Scooters

A helmet that meets U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Snell standards. Add knee and elbow pads when on a scooter.

Skis or Snowboards

Goggles and a helmet made for snow sports. Look for a helmet that meets ASTM, Snell or CEN standards. Add wrist guards for snowboarding.


A multi-impact helmet that meets the ASTM F1492 standard. Also use wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.

Inline Skates

A multi-impact helmet that meets the ASTM F1492 standard. Also use wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.


A helmet; mouth guard; cup (for boys); sturdy shoes with cleats; shoulder, hip, tail, thigh and knee pads.


Shin guards, cleats and a mouth guard.

Baseball and Softball

A batting helmet with face mask, cleats, mouth guard, elbow guards and cup (for boys). Catchers should also wear a helmet, face mask, throat guard, long-model chest protector and shin guards.


Girls need a mouth guard and ASTM-approved eye wear. Boys need a helmet, mouth guard, arm guards, padded gloves, cup and shoulder and rib pads. All goalies need goalie gloves, a helmet with face protection, throat guard and a chest protector. Female goalies need leg pads and pelvic/abdominal protection. Helmets must meet the NOCSAE standard.


Basketball shoes with good ankle support, and a mouth guard.


Knee pads, a mouth guard and lightweight shoes with strong ankle and arch support.


Headgear, knee pads and a mouth guard.

Water Sports

A U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Horseback Riding

A riding helmet that meets ASTM/SEI standards.



4 Ways to Avoid Sports Injuries

Playing sports is a lot of fun, and it is a good way to make sure that you stay healthy. However, at times, playing sports can lead to injuries if you are not careful enough. Where sports are a major part of one’s life, you should never be sloppy when taking care of yourself. As prevention is better than cure, I am going to mention four ways you can make sure that you or your kids keep playing their favourite sports meanwhile making sure that you avoid any injuries related to it.

Wear Protective Gear

Firstly, you must make sure that you have all the right equipment for the sport you are taking part in. Some sports are easier to play and don’t involve any injuries, but there are some which need your utmost care. For example, if your kid is into snowboarding, you must make sure that he wears protective gear before he gets into a serious accident. You can click here for kids snowboard helmet and ensure that he can continue doing what he loves without putting himself at risk.


It is not a particularly good idea to go out on the playing field and start playing without warming up. The human body needs some time to get used to extreme conditions, and if you put it at a sudden risk, you are exposing yourself to a lot of danger. So, to make sure that you don’t suffer from any fatigue or muscle spasm, you should jog and stretch your body so that you are all loosened up and ready to play.

Know the Rules of the Game

Just as the traffic lights on the road prevent accidents, the rules of the game make sure that the players don’t injure each other. When players are familiar with all the rules of the game they are playing, they know what is legal and what’s not. Following rules ensure that players know what to expect from a game. For example, if soccer were played without any rules, there would be at least 1 or 2 hospitalized players after each game.

Watch Out for Other

On top of following the rules, you must never let yourself get too far in the spirit of the game. I know some people play with lots of passion, and their pursuit of a win makes them forget that there are other people around them. If you want to be a good player, you must keep an eye out for others and make sure that no one is injured because of you. When players start looking out for each other, there will be fewer injuries in sports.

Don’t Play When Injured

One of the worst mistakes you make as a sportsperson is ignoring a slight injury. Most players love the game too much, and they want to get right back into the action. However, you must ensure that you are fully recovered as a slight injury can be turned into a serious one if you ignore it and keep playing. Be honest with your parents and your coach if you are hurt and allow yourself some rest before you start playing again.