Everyone Can Be a Real Hero

3, 4, 5

This lesson guides the group through the process of identifying a need and making a plan of action for a local problem.

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The learner will:

  • volunteer time, talent, or treasure for the common good.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Tell everyone to close their eyes and then raise their hands if they feel that sometime in the future they will be a hero for their community. They may open their eyes and see how many hands are up. Talk about the possibility that every one of them could be a hero now by becoming philanthropists.

  2. Sample: Introduce the Ronald McDonald house and its mission to support families of children who are hospitalized. Look at the website or talk to a representative to find out what their needs are. 

  3. Come to a consensus on whether the group wants to try to meet some of those needs for dollars, encouragement, or supplies. Talk about what they can do - odd jobs - to earn money (not ask for money from others, but work for the funds). Discuss: Why is it better if the money or gifts come from them directly?


  4. Teacher Note: For safetly, children should work for their family members or people that their families know.

  5. Brainstorm types of jobs that they might do. (babysit, rake leaves, pull weeds out of a garden, clean a room, carry out the trash, etc) Record these jobs on a large piece of chart paper and post in the room.

  6. Remind the students that it is important to do their jobs cheerfully and thoroughly.

  7. Have a secure place in the classroom available that the students can bring their earned "donations" in on a daily basis. Celebrate the growing donations of money and supplies. 

  8. Have different participants count and record the amount of money collected each day until the end of the project. This could be in the form of a bar graph located in a central location.

  9. Arrange an all-school assembly to publicly present the proceeds to the charity and recognize the efforts and achievement of all participants. If the money is being donated to a Ronald McDonald house invite a representative come to accept the donation.


Put the following statement on the chalk board, "What I gained by participating in this project." Either orally or in writing have students address the statement.

Cross Curriculum 

Studentswill raise money to donate totheRonald McDonald House or a local charity.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 03. Names and Types of Organizations within the Civil Society Sector
      1. Benchmark E.2 Name an example of a civil society charitable organization.
  2. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
      2. Benchmark E.5 Articulate and demonstrate the safety procedures that are part of the volunteer experience.