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Community Service ideas for elementary aged ASB kids?

Asked by Supergirl (1676points) April 25th, 2011

I am the advisor of our Student Council, and this year we are focusing on Spirit Days that give back to our local community. We are having a hard time coming up with ideas that don’t involve people giving money, but instead want people to give items. There also has to be a school spirit day to match the items being donated. A couple examples from things we have done so far:

Crazy Sock Day (kids brought in socks for cold weather shelter)
Schools Spirit (kids wore school themed attire and brought in school supplies for group homes)
Stuffed Animal Day (kids donated pet food to animal shelter)
PJ Day (kids brought in new pajamas for group homes)

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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YoBob's avatar

Here are a few:

Coats for kids – Bring a coat you have out grown and donate it to an appropriate homeless organization (works well as winter approaches).

Canned food drive – Have an event and “charge” a couple of cans of food for admission. All food items collected go to the local food bank.

Put together “homeless packs” that consist of things like coupons for free food items at local fast food restaurants (not the healthiest, but it beats starving), a couple of bus tokens, and a list of local shelters and contact information for where they can get a helping hand. These can be handed out to pan handlers in lieu of pocket change.

klutzaroo's avatar

Stuffed animals (new) can also be good for shelters, hospitals… The list goes on. Look around for a group collecting and collect for them for a while.

Food for homeless shelters and food banks is always welcome, especially if its not the holiday season (and there’s a sign saying “NO GREEN BEANS!” You have no idea how many canned green beans they get.). Outside of the holiday season, people seem to forget that there are people out there who need food.

YARNLADY's avatar

Barefoot Day – collect shoes of all sizes for shelters. It’s best for donations to be new or nearly new things.

JLeslie's avatar

I am unaware this sort of thing goes in in schools. What if some of the kids cannot afford to bring something in, or the parent prefer to donate to other causes. If I was a parent I would be annoyed the scool is obligating me to a specific type of donation to make sure my kid is not the odd man out in his class.

Why can’t they go to visit a senior home and sing. Or, draw pictures for kids in the hospital, or I don’t know, I don’t have good ideas right off the top of my head, but it seems these should be things that don’t cost money.

I probably sound like a scrooge. I am all for charity, but not when there is pressure to keep up with peers. I hate when places of work do United Way drives, and this seems similar.

YARNLADY's avatar

@JLeslie I’m with you on that feeling

aprilsimnel's avatar

Gardening? Can you find an empty lot in town and turn it into a garden, maybe, that the kids could work and the produce donated?

BarnacleBill's avatar

What about a Penny Trade-up
Adopt a nursing home and make decorations, have the older girls do manicures, host a dance for them.
Write letters to soldiers
Adopt a school in Afghanistan
Valentines for veterans in VA hospitals

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