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Service for Our School Community

Service can bring out the best in people and communities. In this lesson, students discuss what it means to serve and explore ways that they would like to support their school and community with service work.
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Students will be able to define "service" and identify people who serve in their school and local community, along with generating ways they, too, may serve.

(10 minutes)
  • Draw or find images of service workers ahead of time and project them on the board.
  • Pause at each image and ask, "Who is this? What type of service job do you think they have?"
  • Ask, "What does service mean to you?"
  • Write down the word "service" on the board, along with student responses.
  • Ask, "What are some ways you serve and help in your family? In the classroom? School?"
  • Explain that you have taken on the service role in your community as a teacher.
  • Explain to them why you chose to become a teacher (connected to service).
  • Ask students to turn to a partner and to answer the question: "What type of service job would you like to take on some day?"
  • Give students 1–2 minutes each to answer this question with their partners.
(15 minutes)
  • Play the "Occupations Song" video.
  • Sing along together.
  • Explain that each of them can be whatever they would like to be in service to their local community.
  • Ask, "How does it feel to serve and help others?"
  • Ask, "How can service support community and friendships?"
(5 minutes)
  • Share that often times we take service workers for granted, but their presence is essential in our lives and it's important to express our gratitude and appreciation to them.
  • Review the Letter to Service Worker worksheet with students.
  • Model how to complete each assignment in the handout.
  • Explain that the class will participate in a school service project together and that they may choose/vote on what they would like to do as a class.
(15 minutes)
  • Dismiss students to go to their seats to work on their handout. Circle around the room and check in with as many students as possible to answer any questions and provide support when needed.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to write about a service job they would like to fill when they get older and why.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during independent work time and provide support when needed.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of assignment and review thn components of their letter during independent work time.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to bring their letters and to return together in a circle.
  • Ask students to turn to a partner and to read their letter to their partner.
  • Have students vote on a service project the whole class will engage in. Provide options like:
    • Help custodial staff clean classroom desks after school.
    • Help build a school community garden.
    • Clean up outside of school building after school.
  • Be sure to also allow for students to offer choices.
  • Have students vote and decide the classroom service project.
  • Explain that at another time they will serve together as a class community based on these results.
  • Tell them how well they did in their service letters and discussion.
  • Explain that they will end with a minute of heartfulness for their community.
  • Guide students to come to stillness and to take a few deep breaths into their belly.
  • Ask them to imagine serving in their school and helping others.
  • Guide them to notice how they feel in their body as they help others.
  • Ask them to imagine all of the people they are helping and the smiles on their faces.
  • Ask them to notice how they feel.
  • Invite them to take a few deep breaths and to allow any image to fall away and to open their eyes slowly, when they are ready.

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