April Moments of Service
Signature Event: What Will You Bring to the Table? (March 18 - April 30)
This national hunger initiative challenges kids across the country to bring their ideas, skills, family and friends to the table and generate one million meals for children experiencing hunger in America.
National Volunteer Week (April 21-27)
A time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Focus student attention on the importance of volunteers and end the week with volunteering for Earth Day.
Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28)
Join the largest service event in the world, celebrated in over 100 countries, that mobilizes millions of youth to improve their communities through service. http://gysd.org/
Earth Day (April 22)
Encourage environmental stewardship (preserving, conserving, repairing, and enhancing the environment) through awareness, problem identification, problem solving, and team building focused around an environmental service project. Since 1970, Earth Day has been educating people about the issues our planet faces.
See the April Moments of Service Toolkit for service project ideas and resources.
"What Will You Bring to the Table" to take action against child hunger?
There are almost 17 million kids in the United States experiencing hunger throughout the year. That means more than 1 in 5 kids in America do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Together, we can do better. With this national hunger initiative, generationOn challenges kids across the country to bring their ideas, skills, family and friends to the table to fight to help end child hunger by raising awareness about the issue.
With your action, help generationOn provide 1 million meals for hungry kids. Read more at www.whatwillyoubringtothetable.org
Service-Learning Toolkit for taking action against child hunger
Teaching Units about Hunger:
- Selfless Sam (K-2) Learners listen to a story and discuss ways to address hunger and poverty.
- Community Table, Community Ties (3-5) Learners research community agencies that help people who are hungry.
- Helping Hands Across the World (3-5) Learners explore how individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger and their underlying causes.
- Hunger and Your Community (6-8) Learners explore food scarcity and abundance as they relate to issues of poverty, wealth and health.
- Making a Difference in the World (9-12) Learners will distinguish between governmental versus nonprofit programs in dealing with the problem of hunger.
- Hunger Hurts (9-12) Learners develop an awareness of and sensitivity to hunger issues in their community and world.
Kids Care Clubs
Kids Care Clubs develop compassion and the spirit of service in elementary and middle school children. The project for April is ”Kids Care Clubs Earth Day – Everyday! Registration is free. Go to http://www.kidscare.org/ and click on Register Now.
Learning to Give Lessons
A single class-period lesson that focuses on making a difference in the environment. These lessons include bonus Learning Links and Reflection Activities.
- Air Pollution and Asthma (11th Grade)
- Civic Environmentalist: Rachel Carson (12th Grade)
- Climate Change Challenge (12th Grade)
- Dreaming of Gardens (5th Grade)
- Earth Day for a Small World (2nd Grade)
- Flowers and a Beautiful World (1st Grade)
- Great Debate (The)--Do Americans Today Have
Civic Virtue? (10th Grade)
- Johnny Be Good (1st Grade)
- Litter and Environmental Stewardship (8th Grade)
- Looking at Our Community (11th Grade)
- Making the World a More Beautiful Place (Kindergarten)
- Mother Earth Connections (3rd)
- Our Class, Our Earth (Kindergarten)
- Out on a Limb (6th Grade)
- Pick Up a Litter Bit (7th Grade)
- Pollution Is Not a Solution (5th Grade)
- Pollution Solutions (8th Grade)
- Responsible Energy Use (10th Grade)
- Stewardship and the Rain Forest (4th Grade)
- Talking Trees (2nd Grade)
- The Joy of a Garden (3rd Grade)
- Three Rs of Environmental Stewardship:
Earth Day (4th)
- Water--Where Has It Gone? (6th Grade)
- Who Will Care for the Water? (7th Grade)
- Whose Responsibility Is It? (9th Grade)
- Why Eat Organic? (9th Grade)
Learning to Give Units
Multi-lesson service-learning units, correlated to state and national Common Core standards, to teach the importance of civic engagement for the common good.
An Early Childhood Service-Learning Curriculum for the Environment and Earth Day (PDF) Developed by generationOn and Barrow Street Nursery School at Greenwich House.
- Earth Keepers
- Environment: Sustaining Our World (K-2)
- Go, Johnny, Go!
- Growing Our Future
- Helping Others to Feed Themselves
- Pet Care and Safety
- Philanthropy in Bloom
- Watch Me Grow
- What Will You Bring to the Table? (K-2)
- Animal Shelters
- Building a Mini-Park and Bird Sanctuary
- Cool Kids Compost
- Each One, Teach One
- Earth Connections
- Environment: Sustaining Our World (3-5)
- Keeping Our Pets Safe in an Emergency
- My Water, Your Water, Our Water
- Philanthropy in History
- Philanthropy—A Day at the Beach
- Real Heroes
- Rivers for the Common Good
- Roosevelt's Tree Army
- Sharing Our World
- This I Can Do!
- What Will You Bring to the Table? (3-5)
- Working Animals
- Animals in Sports and Entertainment
- Are You a River Keeper?
- Around the World
- Environment: Sustaining Our World (6-8)
- Humane Heroes: Those Who Care Enough
- Make the Connection! Core Democratic Values and Philanthropy
- Role of Philanthropy in an Ever Changing World (The)
- Save a Drop For Me
- This Land Is Our Land - Flourish or Perish?
- Truth, Trash and Treasure
- Tulipmania – Growing Flowers to Share
- Water Resources and the Role of the Independent Sector
- What Will You Bring to the Table? (6-8)
- Advocacy-Getting the Job Done
- Careers: Living and Working with Animals
- Concepts of Leadership
- Dear Philanthropist
- Environment: Sustaining Our World (9-12)
- Environmental Groups and the Three Economic Sectors
- For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
- Philanthropy at Home and Abroad
- Philanthropy, Volunteering and Service: The Historical Connections
- Sports Legends and Philanthropy—Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Using the Carter Center as an Example of Philanthropy Today—Local and Global Volunteerism
- What Will You Bring to the Table? (9-12)
View quotations about environmental stewardship.
Profiles in Philanthropy
Informational Papers related to concepts of environmentalism
- Animal Ethics
- Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
- Civic Environmentalism
- Conservation International Foundation
- Keep America Beautiful
- Natural Resources
- Youth Philanthropy
School Year Calendar
generationOn and Learning to Give are excited to offer a menu of resources to help you implement service-learning and philanthropy education into your school! View the generationOn School Year Calendar to discover more service opportunities.
Go to the Moments of Service homepage.