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Help a Teacher Make Classroom Aids

Today's Snack: The pompoms in this activity remind you of meatballs, if you're hungry (OK, REALLY hungry - LOL). Two celery stalks, held together, make a long cylinder kind of like a dry-erase marker. So since we're talking about hot-gluing pompoms to the tops of dry-erase markers to serve as a handy eraser, bake some freezer meatballs to dip in ketchup, and eat two celery stalks with a little ranch dip. Your tummy won't want to "erase" this healthy snack! Be sure to drink milk or water, too.





Choose a local teacher to "bless"

Pompoms | Dry-erase markers | Hot-glue gun (adult supervision required)

Depending on teacher's needs, you might need scissors, sticky tack, etc.,

and various craft supplies or dimestore purchases

Snack and beverage for a "school year launch party"

or "mid-year pep-up party"



Here's an idea for a back-to-school service project that would be a blessing as school resumes, or any time, for that matter: adopt a teacher!


Choose a classroom teacher and organize a mini "mission trip" into his or her classroom. Offer to be extra hands and feet to do those little extras that can make things so much more enjoyable in a classroom.


Consider helping a kindergarten or first-grade teacher, or even a preschool teacher, especially in a low-income neighborhood, because in some ways they have the biggest challenge of all teachers - making those early educational experiences great.


You can do a little fund-raising first if you need to. Make dry-mix snack bags and sell them, or wash cars, or walk dogs, or ask a local business to sponsor you.


This works best as a two-week project. In the first week, meet the teacher in the classroom, have a quick tour, and find out what he or she needs.


Maybe it's hot-gluing pompoms to the ends of dry-erase markers to be instant erasers.


Or maybe it's punching holes in decks of math flash cards and connecting them with ring binders.


Cutting out shapes for a bulletin board, counting out container lids as math manipulatives, or any number of other time-absorbing tasks would be a great boost to a teacher, to have extra hands do.


If the teacher can't think of any, let the teacher choose from any of these ideas:


Or come up with your own!


Then fulfill the assigned tasks, and meet with the teacher, perhaps one week later, and give your classroom aids to him or her.


Share a snack and beverage with the teacher as a "school year launch party," or a "mid-year pep-up." You won't believe how much this would mean to a teacher . . . so try it!


By Susan Darst Williams Service Projects 2012





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