In the Make a Difference project, students create plans for one specific thing they can do in their community, in partnership with a relevant local organization.
Current Version: October 21, 2016
Second graders are ready to conquer the world—and they can start with their community.
In Make a Difference: Civic Responsibility, elementary school students partner with local organizations to fill a real need, help a specific population, engage in public service, and make a tangible difference in their neighborhoods and beyond. Students create plans for one specific thing they can do in their community. They implement the solutions with a partnering organization and track its effect by collecting meaningful data. Finally, students analyze their impact on the community and display their work at a public showcase where parents, teachers, other students, community members, and even project beneficiaries are invited to witness and appreciate their civic contributions.
Successful past projects include collecting food for the homeless, toys for sick children, supplies for victims of natural disasters, and creating posters, videos, or other promotional materials for an environmental clean-up, animal adoption event, or anti-smoking campaign.