Tips to Help You Educate and Become Educated
This week's Season of Service challenge is to make opportunities to serve that involve education - either by supporting people or organizations who educate or by educating others yourself. It has been said that "education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army" (Edward Everett). Education is definitely a means whereby we can protect ourselves and others from the imprisonment of ignorance. It is also a way to lift each other up. Here are ten bite-size ideas:
10 Tips for Supporting Education
- Go to Ready.gov and make a Family Emergency Plan, then hold a practice evacuation drill to teach what to do and what to take in case of an emergency.
- Buy a copy of A Reason to Believe, a book about the first African American governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick. A portion of the proceeds benefit A Better Chance, a nonprofit that increases the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
- Subscribe to the newsletter of Hands to Hearts, an international nonprofit that facilitates the education of young children in orphanages, refugee camps, and severely impoverished or conflict-ridden communities, and enhances their attachment to caregivers.
- Contribute $10 to the scholarship fund of an international student (like Anthony, in Ghana) at Razoo.com, a website that facilitates generosity.
- Loan $25 to an entrepreneur in education through Kiva.com, which provides microfinancing solutions to people in developing countries who don't have access to traditional banking systems.
- Educate yourself on drunk driving by going to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and reading up on Ignition Interlocks, a new proposed solution for preventing convicted drunk drivers from driving drunks.
- Educate family and friends on the possibility of preventing diabetes, and how to do it.
- Call an older friend and educate yourself on what's going on in their life.
- Host a Cookies for Kids Cancer bake sale to share the facts about pediatric cancer and the need for better and more effective treatments.
- Buy a $14.99 cancer awareness bracelet at CancerSocietyStore.com.
How Will You Give to Others This Week?
- What other ideas do you have for giving to others involving educating?
- How has education made a meaningful difference for you this week?
- How have others given to you this week and what difference has that made in your life?
How Else Can You Make a Difference This Season?
Make a meaningful difference this season by taking the Season of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:
- Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
- Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
- Enter to win each week's giveaway. Check out this week's prizes from Microsoft's Kodu Cup by clicking here.
- Join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.