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10 Kid-Friendly Volunteer Ideas for Families this Summer
Volunteering teaches kids the importance of giving back to their communities. It also helps them grow as people, build strong selfesteem, develop social and life skills, and show appreciation. Families can use these kid-friendly volunteer ideas to encourage their children to make a difference in their community and help them cultivate compassion, empathy, and a passion for helping others.
1. Clean up the neighborhood. Grab a trash bag and some rubber cloves and pick up trash and litter and items that can be recycled. Get other families involved to build connections and community pride.
2. Get moving for a good cause. Participate in events like 5K runs or fun runs that donate funds raised to a local charity that's near and dear to your child's heart.
3. Collect items for a homeless shelter or food bank. Find out their biggest needs, and design flyers to hang up and hand out to neighbors that explain how to donate to help neighbors in need.
4. Don’t forget the animals. Organize a collection of pet supplies to support an animal rescue. Look into what types of items rescues need. Then ask family members, neighbors, and friends to help out.
5. Hold a lemonade stand. Volunteerism and an entrepreneurial spirit come together when kids hold a lemonade stand in the summer. Pick a charity and donate a portion of the proceeds to it.
6. Decorate paper lunch bags or placemats. Senior communities love donations of items like lunch bags or placemats. Encourage your child to get creative with designs as they learn how important it is to support our “grandfriends.”
7. Give back to those who support the community. Hand out cookies or water bottles to mail carriers, delivery people, and trash collectors to show appreciation. Deliver a meal or treats to the local firehouse or police station to thank them.
8. Donate books to a little library. Many communities have little libraries where people can borrow books to read. Have your child select some books they're willing to donate so another kid can enjoy them.
9. Help a neighbor. Older kids can help neighbors mow their lawns or weed in the spring and summer, rake leaves in the fall, and shovel snow in the winter. Giving back on a personal level helps them build relationships and see firsthand the impact they’re having on their community.
10.Go beyond volunteering. Beyond traditional volunteer opportunities, consider taking your child on a field trip to expose them to important social issues. Keep the momentum going and set volunteer goals to keep kids excited about their next opportunity to make a difference. By trying out different types of volunteer ideas, they will learn what they’re most passionate about
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important dates to remember
May 8- PTO Meeting @ 6 PM Library
May 10- Early Release @ 1:30pm
May 16- 5th Grade Track Meet
May 19- PTO Field Day
May 26- 5th Grade Recognition Breakfast 7:45 to 8:30 AM
May 26- LAST DAY of ENCORE
May 29- No School Memorial Day
June 1- Last Day of School- Report Cards Emailed Home
June 5- Summer School Starts 8am-12pm
Century Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
FIELD DAY is coming soon! We need VOLUNTEERS to help run the different stations! FRIDAY, MAY 19 8:45am-2:30pm... volunteer shifts can range from an hour to the whole day - whatever works best for you!
Sign up here to volunteer! (We've had grandparents, neighbors, grad students volunteer too - doesn't just have to be mom or dad!)
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News from the District
You may not always know what to say but by listening carefully, with interest, and with empathy, you send the message that you care, are emotionally available, understand and accept. Kids sometimes feel that their parents “don’t understand” or “don’t listen” which can lead to a feeling of disconnection from parents. Good listening involves reflecting back or paraphrasing what your child has said so they know that you fully heard. Responses like, “It sounds like you are pretty angry at your coach” or “From what you are saying, it sounds like you feel she isn’t being a very good friend to you. Is that right?”
For more information and resources, visit www.parentslead.org
April Students of the Month
Mrs. Johnson- Frankie Lenior, Emma Phelps
Mrs. Palmiscno- Teagan McNelis, Ibtisam Aden
Mrs. Stromme- Izzy Moe, Ayantu Kero
Mrs. Devier- Blake Johnson, Ruby Rasmussen
Mrs. Geatz-Braaten- Alex Nguyen, Aroma Mapchhan
Ms. Gunstenson- Aubreanna Hernandez
Ms. Heinert- SeQuoyah Smith-Haggerty
Mrs. Schueler- Nataalie Tinkler, Karson McCraney, Stacy Glaum
Mrs. Stensland- Alideya Charboneau, Christopher Harrison
Ms. Wahlin- Harper Lynch, River Griffin, Carson Gray
Mr. Johnson- Asiya Kero, Jasper Reile
Mrs. Larson- Grayson Wilcox, Chloe Souvannasacd
Mrs. Lunak- Brinley Quast, Layla Chahal
Mrs. Berger- Tegan Haugen
Mrs. Buchhop- Aarya Kharel
Mr. Willberg- Fenix Doernbach, Ma'kia Wiley-Walker, John Vien
Mrs. Curtiss- Bright Kella
Mrs. Jefferson- Aryanna Hegg
Ms. Zehms- Zaylen Rolf, Delvin Tarr
Mrs. Beaton- Drayce Vivier, Jose "Jr" Patlan
Ms. Ljunggren- Katelyn Quinn