For the past few months, Kids in Service has been celebrating all of the WONDERFUL service work that children around the country have been doing. I love that we are able to highlight their accomplishments and hope that their work inspires other children around the globe. Today, I wanted to take a minute to celebrate the two most important INCREDIBLE Kids in my life…my son Zach and my daughter Caroline.
We are a homeschooling family and as part of their portfolios, I write up an End of Year Assessment. Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time reflecting upon what the kids have accomplished during this school year. Looking back, it is easy to see that this has been a Year of Service for our family. Service learning is a valuable tool for all kids, no matter their age or where they go to school. Learning to think about others, embracing diversity, learning about the bigger world and finding a way to help make a difference are important life-long lessons that they will carry with them into adulthood.
One of Zach and Caroline’s big service projects, happens right here in our home. For the past 6 years my children have produced a community newspaper for friends and family. They have over 40 subscribers, many contributors and put out 3 issues a year. They charge a nominal fee for their paper but because of their generous subscribers, they have raised over $1200 in 6 years. ALL of that money has been donated to 12 different charities. This newspaper has evolved over the years and has become a community project. I am so proud of how hard Z and C work and how careful they are to pick the charities that will be receiving the funds after each issue.
Outside of the home, Zach and Caroline have spent many hours this year serving our community. It is not always fun for them but they show up and work hard until the job is done. They have learned first hand about homelessness, compassion, drug addictions, diversity, poverty, empathy, hunger and gratitude. I am so proud of them, the work they are doing and look forward to serving along side them, for many years to come. They are INCREDIBLE Kids!