Increase happiness and use these gives that celebrate the end of the school year. These gives apply to graduates (well done!) or those who completed a grade and will be returning to the same school in the fall. School has been tough this year with different areas changing between virtual and in person learning as COVID rates changed. But the school year is almost over and we can spread a whole lotta happiness by giving to others our last week of school!
There is nothing more gracious than sending a thank you note to a school staff member to thank them for jumping through hoops as COVID changed how we went to school. School staff includes teachers, principals, janitors, office staff, maintenance people and supply teachers. Everyone pitches in to do their part to make your school year go well. Make a thank you note to one staff member or all of them. That is up to you! But their dedication to your school day makes a student’s life that much easier!
Think about your science lab partner, the person you had lunch with, your sports team, and even those who worked on school committees with you. A thank you note to fellow students makes all of us feel better and spreads happiness as we close down the year! School is not school without your peers. Even if you shared space online, the friendships we forge at school leave a lasting impression with us for our entire lives! Show gratitude to those you spend the school year with.
Teachers need to close up their classrooms at the end of the year. Lend a hand and help your teacher recycle items from the bulletin boards, clear out projects, give away items used in class that are no longer needed. Having extra hands with the classroom clean up means teachers can be super thoughtful about what is recycled, what can be re-used and what items could be given to our communities and used over the summer.
Give the maintenance crew a helping hand and clean up your school yard! It could be picking up garbage, getting rid of weeds, cleaning up after end of year celebrations, or helping to close down the playground. Ask what you can do as a class (with support from your teacher) and give a helping hand to keep your school in tip top shape for the next school year.
There are many ways this can be done depending on how your school uses classrooms. You can leave your text books for a next group of students in a general library, or you can create a library in your classroom for the next class that will be using that space. Few of us use our text books once we have finished a class or grade, so pass them forward to the next year or those who might be participating in summer school.
End the year off on the right foot and start a volunteer group that will work together over the summer. Pick a local community program, project or organization and volunteer as much or as little as you want. Getting involved is a great way to help your community, be an active participant, see your friends and feel great about yourselves. Summer volunteer opportunities could be a local community garden, helping out at a summer camp, mentoring other students, having lunch with students looking to learn a new language. Animal shelters, food banks, community centers always need a hand!
End of school is bitter sweet, but with these gives you are bound to spread some happiness throughout your class and your school. If you have a summer job, there is always time to give. If you are in summer school, classroom gives apply to the regular school year and summer school. If you have graduated, there are a whole bunch of gives you can do during the summer that are completed outside the classroom. And remember, no matter what you are doing this summer, giving does help your well-being, so keep giving outside the classroom to strengthen your own well-being and that of others.