Gratitude for Essential Workers

Grade Level: 
PreK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
Act of Kindness
Community Service Project
Health and Disease
A Simple Safe Service project from home: Let our essential workers know we care with kind messages of thanks and gratitude. Let your working neighbors know how much you appreciate them and the work they are doing to keep the community safe.


Simple Safe Service activities are designed to spark generous action and conversations promoting the good of all. 

Essential workers are often overlooked for their continous presence and showing up even when it is hard. It takes courage and perseverance to work in a public place during a pandemic. Find out more about these jobs and people, and say "thanks."

  1. Ask around (call, text, look on social media) to learn who in your neighborhood is working to maintain our community's health and wellbeing (medical workers, grocery store clerks, first responders, senior living home staff and others).
  2. Have a discussion about essential workers and people who cannot work from home. Talk about how essential workers are exposed to people all day, not knowing who is infected and sometimes leaving family at home.
  3. Using art materials, write and decorate a note of thanks and encouragement using a place and materials they will see. This may be in their driveway or sidewalk area, posted on a front door, or near the entrance to a place of work. Example: “You are our hero!” or “Thankful and grateful for all that you do!”
  4. Come up with creative quotes/sayings and ways to post gratitude.
  5. Learn more with a Learning to Give lesson Kindness Certificate

Reflection: Talk with your family about things you see around the community that lift people up. How does it feel when you see people make the effort to help? 

Find more Simple Safe Service activities:

Simple Safe Service


Learning to Give ... 

  • educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).