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Kids Guide to Service Projects

Item Number  37002

Grades: 6-8
Format: Softcover Book

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Hundreds of ideas for all kinds of service projects, from simple ones anyone can do to large-scale projects that involve whole communities. This is a good book for families, small groups, and the classroom.

Introduction When a class of sixth graders in Utah discovered a neighborhood toxic waste site, they decided to do something about it. Their efforts led to the cleanup of the site and a state Superfund for cleaning up other hazardous waste in their state.

  • A Florida teenager began a project to feed the hungry every Thanksgiving.
  • Kids in Texas banded together to save a historic battleship from the scrap heap.
  • A Georgia 16-year-old saved a historic courthouse from the wrecking ball.
  • A teenager in Pennsylvania started a town library.
  • A California 12-year-old began helping young crime victims.
Across the United States and around the world, tens of thousands of young people are making a difference in their neighborhoods, schools, and communities. They’re collecting cans for food shelves, reading to seniors, recycling, and planting trees. They’re working alone and in groups to identify problems and come up with solutions.

If they can do it, so can you.

Maybe you’re thinking, “I’m just one person!” So what? Lots of young people serve others on their own. Or they start on their own and inspire others to join them.

Maybe you’re telling yourself, “This sounds interesting, but I’m already too busy and I don’t have the time.” Wrong! Many young people involved in service projects keep up with their school work, have jobs, get together with their friends, do chores at home, take part in school activities, and still have time to reach out and help others.

Maybe you’re wondering, “What could I do?” Keep reading! This book is full of ideas for you to try.

How to Use This Book The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects contains more than 500 ideas for service for young people of all ages. They range from simple projects (running an errand for a friend) to complex projects (working for a state law to create stronger penalties against graffiti).

Start by scanning the contents. What interests you? The environment? Politics? Helping homeless people? Safety? Animals? Fighting crime? Literacy? If you pick an area that appeals to you personally, you’ll have more fun, and you’ll be more likely to stay committed and get the job done.

Once you choose your area, turn to that part of the book and skim through the ideas. Pick one that catches your eye. Then go to “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects” on pages 7—12. You’ll learn how to get started, get the help you need, and evaluate your experience.

What if you don’t find the idea that makes you want to get involved? Then use this book as a starting-point for brainstorming your own ideas. Don’t forget to check with your school, scout troop, community group, or faith community. People there will have many suggestions for service projects.
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