Power to Make a Difference (The)
How does an individual use personal interests and strengths to impact the common good?
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In this unit students will learn vocabulary and a brief history of philanthropy in the US. They demonstrate active citizen participation through service-learning related to core democratic values.
Learners will develop a working knowledge of the vocabulary associated with philanthropy and awareness of the rich history of philanthropy in the United States.
This lesson will enable students to gain a better understanding of how individuals within the community work for the common good. Students will research individuals who are acting philanthropically in their own community, supportive of a core democratic value.
Learners will investigate “Make a Difference Day,” and local community or state philanthropic organizations. The information about the organizations will be presented to the class and a class decision will be made about how the students can participate with the chosen group for “Make a Difference Day.” Note: This lesson is appropriate for any day of service and not limited to this October national event.