Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Make a Difference Day: October 24, 2015

  I have this quote magnet in my classroom:

This sentiment is at the very heart of Make A Difference Day.

An annual event of "doing good," Make A Difference Day is the 4th Saturday of Every October.  That places this year's #MDDay this upcoming weekend:  Saturday, October 24th.  Perfect for Oct. 24th to be the 24th year of #MDDay, sponsored by USA TODAY, the Gannett Company, TEGNA, Inc, and Points of Light.  Given it's still a few days away, it's not too late to make a plan to take an action stand and do something this upcoming Saturday.

One could argue, "Shouldn't these 'days' be EVERYday?

Yes, yes they should.  But, in focusing one day (or weekend) around a common goal (in this case, of service), you can see how effective the force of good is.  How powerful every one person is in coming together to do something outside of themselves and for the community.  

A girlfriend of mine on Facebook wrote this:  
"One of my favorite days of the year! Do a neighborhood drive for food, office supplies, animal shelter needs, bottled water, etc. Bring dinner to someone who just brought home a baby, is battling an illness or could use some company. Host a craft-making event and donate the goodies to hospitals or nursing homes to place on patient trays. It doesn't have to be just needs to make a difference."
Big or small, it doesn't matter at all, just do something to do good!  

At our house, we are starting out by fixing a pasta casserole for our church, who delivers them to shelters every 4th Sunday of the month.  We have our silver pan ready and waiting to be filled.  From there, we'll see what else we can do to make a difference in our local community.

You can find a lot of resources at the Make A Difference Day website. There, you have an option of starting a community event or joining one... but of course, you could just go forth and do something on your own. Additionally, here are two great resources packets that will help you learn more, and even bring in into your classrooms:
Be that stone thrown in the water of a pond: watch the ripples extend outward. You never know when or where your influence (like those ripples) will end.

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