Activism, Musings

Blog Action Day: It is in giving that we receive…

For Blog Action Day, I decided to create a list of resources for teaching about poverty.

TeachingTolerance.org is always a great place to start. You could begin with The ABCs of Domestic Poverty. Or complete this math lesson on holiday charity with your older child. I love, love, love this article Beyond the Canned Food Drive, especially this part:

Giving should be celebrated, yet charity projects can produce a damaging, unintended consequence: They can reinforce or exacerbate stereotypes students often hold about people living in poverty.

Here‘s a whole page of art activities and lesson plans for exploring poverty.

The United Nations website has this lesson on poverty in America.

The League has a fabulous collection of lessons on poverty.

I think the most important lesson of all is that all of us are, in some way or another, impoverished. And it is only by embracing our own poverty and emptiness that we can truly dig deep and give to others, whether that be money or goods or service. And when we give, if we do it with a pure and loving spirit, we are receiving back tenfold.

Or, as St. Francis of Assisi said,

For it is in giving that we receive.

1 thought on “Blog Action Day: It is in giving that we receive…”

  1. A book recommendation for you Annette: “Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World” by Craig and Marc Kielburger. And today (October 17) is “Me to We Day” (go to info@freethechildren.com if you care to learn more about “Me to We Day”. You also might like Sarah Maclachlan’s “World on Fire” video on You Tube. I really enjoy your website, you seem like a really great mom.

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