August Events and Teaching Resources

Establishing a Culture of Service

As you set the stage for a year of service and community engagement, teach introductory lessons that build a common vocabulary of philanthropy and explore how and why we give. Help students discover they are truly assets to the community with time, talent, or treasure to give that is valued and needed. The August featured lessons include the following:

This 3-minute video defines philanthropy. Share it with your students as you get started teaching about giving time, talent, and treasure for the common good.

Introduction to Philanthropy

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Introduction to Philanthropy

Find lessons at each grade level to introduce a common language of giving and serving and why we give. Find a list of lessons by grade level here.

Character Education


Character Education

Teach critical thinking, communication, and philanthropy through ten character traits. These middle school units are great for advisory period. Get an overview with links by grade level and character trait, and suggested character themes by month. 

This Generosity of Spirit Folktales Project uses stories from around the world to guide discussions about generosity and character. Twenty High School Lessons with links to folktales and a reflection guide. 

Establishing a Culture of Kindness

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Establishing a Culture of Kindness

Teach lessons that explore how acts of kindness vs bullying behavior impact the whole community. Link to four anti-bullying units and character education units.

This toolkit provides lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to promoting kindness and anti-bullying.