An Experiment in Teaching Children Philanthropy
--by Author Unknown, posted Jan 30, 2007
Giving away money, even if it is only ten or twenty dollars, is a tremendous way to learn about the positive work people are doing right in your own neighborhood. It makes us get out of our comfort zone, ask around, talk to people we wouldn’t normally talk to, and ask questions about what the problems are and what people are doing to make them better. Everyone wins. My kids learn about the community, about the power of giving, and people in the community, who are often volunteering their own time and money, feel that their efforts are seen and honored in some way.
Last year, they both chose to give their money to a shelter for runaway teens. They visited a few places that counseled young people, and felt this particular place was especially welcoming. When they handed the check to the director -- who had no idea these children were ‘philanthropists’ -- everyone was a little
surprised how good the day turned out to be.
This exercise may be repeated as often as possible. It cannot possibly fail. You do not need to wait for holidays, and you don’t need children. You can do it yourself, on any day you like.
Some ideas are worth emulating.
It's five years since this story was posted and yet has relevance even today.
Great i will infuse this idea to all my school children
Thank you for sharing i plan to take it up.
I am a teacher and have a class load of kids wanting to make a difference!
Thanks for your story, Jessi
Very well done!