Citizenship Lost & Found

So today I'm feeling abundantly blessed because Marissa over at 
Elementary School Counseling has chosen The Corner on Character as her website of the month.  Click her cute graphic to listen to our interview.

You will definitely want to bookmark her one-of-a-kind site because she's a creative counselor and seasoned scout for quality education resources!

And today I'm linking up with author Maria Dismondy for her Make A Difference Monthly Citizenship celebration! Won't you join us?

picture of marquee with service message
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.  ~Gandhi
  Citizenship is all about making wherever you go BETTER because you're there!  And what better way to do that than to go with a servant heart . . . 

photo of Off to Serve by Richard Galentino

Given to me by my WI colleague and friend Jo Howard, Off to Serve by Richard Galentino focuses on ways that we can make the world better by serving, either in a far-away land, like the author has done, or right here in our own back yard doing something for our family, our friends, our neighbors, our school, or our community. 

Our Assistant Principal Lee Whitlock and his family go out West every summer to the Navajo Nation to help build churches and facilities, my brother goes to Nicaragua every Fall to help build homes, and my Dad went with my niece Danielle twice to Guatemala to build a bridge (that she designed!) so that children wouldn't have to cross through the water on their way to school any more. They're finding themselves in the service of others and making wherever they go better because you were there. And you know what?  Even though each time they leave a piece of their hearts there, they 
come back better

Use this book and time-lapse video clip of the bridge being built as a springboard for a discussion with your little volunteers about how they might want to get involved and help.  Brainstorm charitable causes and see what pulls at your little citizens' heartstrings.

Click {here} to go the author's website and find a list of global organizations that need volunteers.

Click {here} to find a list of volunteer opportunities compiled by service-learning expert Cathryn Berger Kaye.

Have fun losing and finding yourself!


  1. Congrats on being highlighted this month, and thank you for another inspiring and thought-provoking post.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Thank you for linking up and for telling your friends over at Character Counts! How neat to have a mention over there! I always love the time you take to come up with a great addition to my linky party! Thank you!


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