In 2017, Let’s Help Kids will be pushing its initiative to find more ways to teach children how to become philanthropists. The goal is to build communities of givers. A study published by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that is best known for its AmeriCorps program, found that children who volunteer do better in school and are less likely to try drugs. It is also known that regular volunteering improves emotional and physical health.
But, in the real world of working parents, after-school activities, homework, exhausted weekends, late night errands, and squeezed budgets, it can be difficult to do more than pay lip service to donating time.
Yet, the one thing shared by busy families is the calendar. We live and drive by our schedules. But, throughout the year, are scores of days that can, with a little imagination and some fun, provide opportunities to at least talk to our children about the world around them.
January 13 is national Stephen Foster Memorial Day. This American musician is the composer behind the songs “Oh! Susanna” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Do you have a budding musician in your family? Take a moment to talk about music in your lives and how people such as Stephen Foster have contributed to the American songbook. Then ask, what can you do to promote music education and appreciation in children.
March 2 is Read Across America Day. This is a day to discuss books. Then ask what can you do to promote literacy? It may be as simple as donating used books to your public library or purchasing a book from a teacher’s library request list.
Our national calendar is full of interesting days, find a few that resonate with you and your family. Start a discussion and if possible, take action.
Here’s a calendar to get you started: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/2017
Oh! November 14 is national pickle day. Just saying….