Plan Giving Instruction through Your Calendar

Planning for the Year of Service

Add service to your teaching calendar by aligning philanthropy lessons and service-learning projects to monthly events. This helps you maximize teachable moments and connect students to community through service. Select a month below to find lessons, project ideas, and more to support calendar events.  This PDF provides a printable version of this yearly calendar of "teachable moments of service." 

Download the 2017-18 LTG Calendar for monthly lesson ideas, inspirational quotes, and kindness challenges. 

Use the Blue Sky Envisioning Activity to assess what your students care about and set the tone for a year of kindness and action. Use this planning tool when you have identified what kids care about. 

See video resource on our YouTube channel.

Photo credit: Calendar by Andreanna Moya Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0



(Introductory Resources for any month)

As you establish a classrooom culture of giving, teach some of these introductory themes and lessons to build a common vocabulary and motivation to give. Our partner generationOn has resources on the teaching strategy of Service-Learning.

  • Introduction to Philanthropy Lessons
  • Character Education Lessons
  • Establishing a Culture of Kindness / Anti-Bullying Lessons
  • TeachOne for Back to School


  • September 11 Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Grandparents Day (September 11)
  • Citizenship/Constitution Day (September 17)


  • International Day of Nonviolence (Oct 2)
  • World Food Day (Oct 16)
  • Make a Difference Day (Saturday late in October)
  • National Disabilities Awareness Month
  • Anti-Bullying Awareness Month


  • Election Day (first Tuesday after the first Monday of November)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • National Philanthropy Day (November 15)
  • Family Volunteer Day (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • TeachOne for GivingTuesday (Tuesday after Thanksgiving)


  • Christmas  
  • Hanukkah   
  • Kwanzaa


  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • TeachOne for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day   
  • National Mentoring Month


  • Black History Month
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Valentine's Day (February 14)
  • Presidents' Day    


  • March is Reading Month
  • Women's History Month
  • World Water Day (March 22)


  • National Volunteer Week
  • TeachOne for Earth Day (April 22)
  • Global Youth Service Day


  • Join Hands Day  
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day  


  • National Lemonade Days (Early June)
  • World Refugee Day  (June 20)

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