Plant Fall Bulbs
In many areas, this is the right time of year to plan for spring by planting flowering bulbs such as tulips, crocuses, and daffodils.Check with property owners for permission, then take a walking field trip to plant some beauty around buildings, trees, or sidewalks.
Produce a Video
Put the group to work planning, writing, preparing and performing a production, then use a digital camera to record video footage.Transfer your work to CD using common computer software and then donate the CD to a residential care facility or a classroom with younger students.
Keep a Log
The weeks around Make a Difference Day are a great time to explore the concept of Random Acts of Kindness.These micro-good-deeds can really brighten up communities, and your students can create a Random Acts of Kindness cascade if the idea spreads to others.Encourage some gentle competition or self-monitoring by having students keep a log of RAKs that they complete each day or week.
Pot Some Plants
Many flowering plants will grow well in small pots even indoors in the wintertime.Start an extended science project as you take care of the bits of greenery, then donate the mature plants to care facilities, offices, or hospitals.Tie in career information by inviting a horticultural speaker to visit your classroom.
Read to Friends
Even the youngest students can make a difference by reading or reciting to others.Share books, poetry, or stories and brighten the days of other students, lonely adults, or the disabled.If you cannot arrange to go anywhere to offer your gift, make sound recordings to give away.
Celebrating Make a Difference Day is a super start to build community awareness and an attitude of service, but it really can be a year-round commitment.Service to others in our community makes the world a better place and benefits each of us in very real ways.Give it a try!