Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics
Students make blankets as comfort items for a population in need. These lessons explore economics, community resources, fundraising, and project planning. The students will reflect on their experience and write, illustrate, and publish individual books describing the project and sharing their knowledge of philanthropic and economic concepts.
Giving homemade blankets to help people who are homeless or children who are in the hospital is a form of philanthropy (giving treasure). Using a decision-making model, the students compare blanket projects and determine whether they have the time, talent, and treasure to help fill a need. They determine what their opportunity costs will be to participate in the project. Finally they will vote for the project of their choice.
— Bob Keeshan, also known as Captain Kangaroo, said, "ABC Quilts are love letters to the world."
The students will identify what natural resources, human capital, and capital equipment are needed to complete the chosen service learning project. They will also trace the origin of the pieces of clothing donated for the project and the possible trade flows that brought them to the United States.
Students will determine the specific skills needed to produce the chosen quilt then decide upon their own area of specialization. Labor will be divided and production will commence—assembly line style.
The students will write, illustrate and publish individual books describing the volunteer opportunity and their knowledge of philanthropic and economic concepts.