PrintOne 30-minute class period, plus time to carry out service project

The learner will:

  • brainstorm ways to collect books for donation.
  • plan the steps of the service project.
  • contact partner organizations with the help of the teacher.
  • carry out the service project.
  • Boxes
  • Paper or poster board for posters
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Copy of Handout One: Project Plan to project on board or copy onto chart paper
Teacher Preparation 

Handout Two: Read 'n' Give Event Kit describes the plan that another school used to organize a book drive with a community partner. You may use this as a guide when planning your event.

Home Connection 

Students can work with parents to determine which books will be donated and why.


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Review the discussion from the previous lesson about literacy needs in our country. Ask the students how they could find out literacy needs in our local community. Tell the students that a service event is a project planned and carried out in order to share time, talent, or treasure with others to address a need. In their last lesson, they identified a need (children who don't have books at home or reading skills), and in this lesson they will plan a service project to address that need.

  2. Tell the students that they are going to work together to plan the details of a book drive that collects and distributes books to children in the community.

  3. Project a copy of Handout One: Project Plan onto the board so all students can see it as you fill in the chart together. Or, copy the chart onto chart paper and use markers to fill in the plan.

  4. Through brainstorming, work together to make the plan:

    • What the needs are, or what needs they hope to address through the project.
    • How this need can be addressed.
    • What action they will take – how they want to collect books, who should participate (just the class, the whole school, the community), where the donations will go, and what organizations or other schools they can partner with. (See Extensions below for details about community partnerships.)
    • How they will know they made a difference.
    • How they will celebrate the good that they have done!
  5. At the completion of the planning, students may make posters or signs to spread awareness about the event.

  6. Begin the book drive and carry out the plans according to the timeline they established.


Observe student participation in brainstorming and planning.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Research the need in the school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.
    3. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Provide a needed service.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Describe the goals of the project and their impact.
      3. Benchmark HS.3 Describe the task and the student role.
      4. Benchmark HS.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
      5. Benchmark HS.6 Describe the procedures and the importance of sensitivity to the people with whom students are working.
    4. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Build a case for giving, explaining why resources (volunteers and money) are needed.
      2. Benchmark HS.3 Describe a detailed action for service.
    5. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.2 Evaluate progress on the service-learning project before, during, and after the project.
      2. Benchmark HS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.