Often times, I have these random ideas that explode into a huge “thing”. This post shares my small, random idea that turned into one of the best weeks of my teaching career so far. That particular year, I had a really great class. I also had 36 students! When doing my lesson plans, I planned to use a few passages about police officers for our weekly reading skill of summarizing. I thought that it would be great to read these passages and work to create a thank you basket for our local police officers as a type of service learning project.
Kindness: a Week of Random Acts for Fifth Graders
We also began planning something special for our local police officers, which was the original spark of inspiration I had.
They calculated what we would need, how much it would cost, and began deciding who would purchase each item or donate money. They also contacted local businesses to get donations.
We delivered our baskets on Friday. But, the BEST part is what happened AFTER we delivered our baskets and really showed my students how kindness comes full circle. Our local police station is within walking distance of both our school and a local restaurant that serves milkshakes. Our plan was to deliver our baskets and walk to the restaurant for milkshakes. Each student had brought in money ahead of time. It was the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon.
When we arrived, a kind older gentleman bought all of our milkshakes! It was well over $100, and he paid for all of it. He didn’t know that we just finishing up our act of kindness. He didn’t know that we spent the entire week doing kind deeds around our school. It was the perfect lesson for my students to pay it forward.