At the school where I work one of the important values we like to impart to our students is community service. It is important to us that they learn to give back to the community they live in. However, we area well-aware that an experiential lesson is much more powerful than a spoken one – so this year we learned by doing.
We took all of our students to tomato fields and they picked tomatoes for needy families.
Our group was a surprise for the organization, as the students ranged from age 3 – 18 and they wondered if they would do a good job.
Our kids picked and picked and found all of the hidden tomatoes too!
Our group was stopped before the time was over, they had picked their quota AND finished filling the quota of an earlier, older group that did not seem to take the community service seriously.
When they were finished they had picked over 1000 kilos (2,200 pounds) of tomatoes, which will be distributed to @ 500 families.
I am so proud of them.
Today, 245 days ’til 40, I am reminded that we are never too old our too young to give to our community. Together we can set an example for future generations – giving back is imperative to healthy community growth and evolution.