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7 Ways for Teens (and All of Us) to Give Back This Holiday

7 Ways for Teens (and All of Us) to Give Back This Holiday

“Do you think a 5-year old would like this toy? Or maybe this one instead?” I was chaperoning a trip to Target with dozens of teenagers. Homerooms had spent weeks raising money and now the kids were spending the money on Christmas gifts for needy 

Why You Need to Volunteer at Your Teen’s School

Why You Need to Volunteer at Your Teen’s School

Recently, my neighbor said she’s become the “Room Mom” for her 1st grader’s classroom. As she talked about all the ways she was helping the teacher I thought, “Why don’t they have this at the high school level? I would have killed for this.” But 

Holiday Kindness: 7 Ways to Be Kind This Holiday

Holiday Kindness: 7 Ways to Be Kind This Holiday

I walked into my classroom and found a chocolate milkshake on my desk. There was no note and my students were too interested in their phones to notice who dropped it off. Who was this delicious milkshake from? As I taught, the question kept going 

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Needs to Volunteer

I can’t draw, but boy can I paint. Paint by numbers, that is. I was volunteering at a Washington, DC public school, helping paint murals on the walls. Luckily, someone else had already drawn the mural on the wall and I simply filled in the