Community Helpers—Mail and Meals
Students will become familiar with the definition of philanthropy and see examples of it in the community, especially in connection with the United Way.
This lesson is intended for use in the "Community Helpers" unit. For this lesson, the role of a community helper from the governmental sector, the mail carrier, is explored. Students will evaluate the importance of an efficient movement of products and ideas in the community. The special tie between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way is investigated with the annual food drive held on the second Saturday of May each year. Students participate with letters to inform and remind adults of the campaign. The lesson concludes with a visit from another community helper, a representative of a local United Way agency receiving the collected food.