So, let's see, what "day" is April 24th? Of course, I quickly consulted google. Arbor Day could be a good topic. National Pigs in a Blanket Day might not have much content.
Now, this looks interesting - The 20th Annual Youth Services Day. Eureka! We have a topic!
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is a time in the year when we come together to focus the world’s attention on what young people are contributing every single day.
GYSD is organized by Youth Service America with the National Youth Leadership Council, the Global Youth Action Network, and with thousands of partners in the U.S. and across the world. Learn more about the partnerships that make Global Youth Service Day possible.
During Global Youth Service Day, millions of youth around the world organize community service projects to address the needs of their local communities through service, to be recognized for their contributions, and to be a part of a global youth service movement.
GYSD is held during a weekend every April in over 100 countries in every region of the world.
In 2009, the event will be April 24-26.
From the Global Youth Service Day Website.
From many sources, community service and volunteering is quickly becoming a major trend in this economy. President Obama on Tuesday signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act authorizing a major expansion for funding to federal community service programs. Calling for 25 percent increase in funding, it passed with strong support from both sides of Congress.
What can our children do? What community service projects are there? How can we light a spark to engage a student's volunteering spirit? There are so many areas that need help, but how do our youth find a cause that engages them?
This week, as part of National Volunteer Week, my son's elementary school held an assembly to honor all the PTO volunteers. There was music and beautiful speeches by the students. Each volunteer got a red rose. What a wonderful way to set an example for the children to show that volunteering is honorable and giving thanks to those who do is respectable.
Here are a few of the more current books on community service for kids, which will hopefully begin a life long, character building passion for helping others.Be the Change! Change the World. Change Yourself.
by Hundreds of Heads (Author)
Tom Brokaw (Forward)
Michelle Nunn (Editor)
David Hume Kennerly (Photographer)
Hundreds of Heads 2006
Very inspiring book that honors many individuals shows how each one of us can make a difference.
77 Creative Ways Kids Can Serve
by Sondra Clark
Wesleyan Publishing House September 2008
Very up-to-date and fun book for kids.