18. Beyond the Bake Sale! Choosing a creative action.
What do you love to do? How can you use that to help with your TAP issue? This was a really fun day – I share a little about what I love to do – photography and climbing – and how I did or could leverage those skills to help the world. Then get to learn all about what they love to do – lots of ‘sleeping, eating and playing video games’ Difficult to fold those in! Also lots of sports, movies, drawing, photography, music, dancing, acting and on and on. It was open seating today to emphasise how important it will be to do stuff with friends.
Ideas coming up included sports parties, tennis challenges, beach and creek clean ups with party afterwards. Sponsored events, corporate sponsorship, babysitting, making a video to inspire others to act to be aired on our school TV station. And naturally, bake sales.
Then they wrote down topic and action on an index card and put it on a central table. Tomorrow they can check for other kids doing similar stuff for party purposes (like all the bracelet braiders could get together. Instrument players could do a recital, photographers could go on a shoot and make merchandise together etc.). And similar topic groups can share research and resources. (See TAP Act.11 sheet).
Will be organizing the actions around bright pink organizers like “Local environment action”, “Helping Local People”, “Services for Donations” etc.
Finding NGOs already taking action:
Why don’t we use ‘charity’ for helping organizations anymore? Started with a short role play where I offered charity to a student in a horrible, syrupy way. Asked them how they felt about it and widened it to how people recieving help might feel too. Plus if we are doing stuff we enjoy to help, then we are getting something from the interaction too. So it’s called ‘partnering’ these days, and the helping organizations are non-profits (in the US) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide.
TAP Act.12 has the prompts and will be updated with better links to help them sleuth out more than the usual Red Cross, UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity and Heifer Project (great though these organizations are, we want to expand their horizons and bring in some smaller and more grass-roots NGOs too).
They’re bringing in their favorite NGO posters tomorrow for the NGO smorgesbord when they can do some evaluation of which they like best using Anne McCarten-Gibbs powerpoint and evaluation help.
We are all excited to get started!
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