Education is a human right but, unfortunately, it is something many kids and teens never get to experience. Factors like poverty, distance to the nearest school, health and more can all play a role in a child's ability to attend and succeed at school. But what better time to address these obstacles than the back-to-school season!
Whether you're passionate about ensuring everyone has what they need at their desks, helping people learn English as a second language or making classroom tools for teachers to use with young students, there are so many ways you can get involved today to improve someone's tomorrow.
Host a literacy game night. There are 4.6 million students learning English in the United States, so why not make the process more enjoyable? You can help make learning and practicing English more fun by hosting an interactive game night for kids, teens and adults to practice their speaking skills and learn new vocabulary words!
Build a book-share box library. Did you know that in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to kids is 1 for every 300? You can help change this statistic by building and installing book-share libraries in neighborhoods in your community. By filling these libraries with books for all ages, you can help ensure every kid has a book to read!
Fill school-supply boxes for kids in need. It can be hard to buy new school supplies every year--in fact, a caring adult spends on average $81 per year on school supplies. For some families, getting supplies for their kids and teens isn't an option. Help make sure every student has the tools they need to succeed by making school-supply boxes to prepare them for day one and beyond!
Read your favorite books to younger kids. Inspire younger kids to read by reading to them! Reading aloud not only helps you become a better reader and speaker, but it also helps the kids you read to become better readers - and hopefully develop a love of reading themselves. Plus, it's a great way to remember why some of these stories were your favorites in the first place!
Create games for young children using recycled materials. Classroom games and instructional materials don't necessarily have to be new - you can create interactive, informative tools with the resources you have around the house. You can help make learning colors, numbers, letters and shapes more exciting by creating new tools for their teachers to use in the classroom!
These are just a few quick and easy ways to improve education and literacy in your community, and around the world. If you're passionate about education and literacy and want more ideas, check out our projects for kids, teens and families, and these lesson plans from our curriculum partner, Learning to Give.