Community Service Ideas for Students: Letter Writing

September 29th, 2009 | by Suki |

community service ideas: letter writing

While the words “community service” tend to bring up warm feelings of goodwill towards our neighbors, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin, especially when the goal is to get children to think beyond themselves. However, there are simple things that you can do to encourage students to begin thinking of others in their community. One of these is letter writing.

Find a time every week or two that can be used expressly for writing letters. You can explain to the students how to write a personal letter, then help them write their rough drafts and edit them. Finally, have them write a final copy in their best handwriting.

Who can they write to? There are many people who would like to receive letters, including:

Soldiers overseas:

You can find websites that provide information for sending a letter to a soldier who is deployed overseas. Try AMillionThanks.org and ForgottenSoldiers.org

Children in hospitals:

Children who are undergoing medical treatment are often encouraged when they receive mail from others, even those they don’t know. Visit MakeAChildSmile.com for more information.

Residents of nursing homes:

Check with your local nursing home to see if they have an Adopt a Grandparent program, or if they would help you match an adult with each child. If possible, take a field trip to the nursing home with the students to meet the adults. You may even want to take photos of them together. Then, use the letter-writing time for the students to send their “adopted grandparents” the photo, letters, cards, and drawings. .

No matter who they write to, make sure your students know that although they may not receive replies, their letters do make a difference and help brighten someone’s day — truly a good service, and so easy to do.

Guest Post: Samantha Bell
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