The last two years, OASC has shared a Student Leader Gift Guide – This year, we’d like to share 10 things to GIVE vs buy this holiday season.
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” -William Shakespeare
- Volunteer at a Pet Shelter and play with the pets
- “Heart Attack” someone’s locker or door. (Cut out lots of hearts and tape it to their door)
- Love the environment by planting a tree and watering it every week
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop
- Write and mail a note to a loved one
- Send a kind message to someone on social media
- Every time you think to gossip, say one nice thing about that person
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Mahatma Gandhi
- Serve food at a soup kitchen
- Volunteer at a local charity shop
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood/community
- Quality Time
“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” -Anonymous
- Call your Grandparents or someone in your life that has been on your mind but you haven’t seen.
- Play a Boardgame with a sibling or family member.
- Go on a walk with a friend, neighbor or loved one
“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.” -Unknown
- Support a friend by going to their performance or athletic event
- Post an inspiring message to your social media account or on someone else’s.
- Post encouraging messages in the bathroom
“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell
- Stay after school and help tutor a classmate
- Volunteer at a local after-school program
- Read to your younger siblings, cousins or neighbors.
“If knowledge is not put into practice, it does not benefit one.” -Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
- Read a non-fiction book or autobiography and share with someone what you read.
- Talk to someone with opposing viewpoints and look for common ground
- Make a plan to learn something you’ve been curious about.
“If you can’t get a compliment any other way, pay yourself one.” –Mark Twain
- Use a dry erase marker and write positive compliments all over a bathroom mirror
- Walk down your street and compliment someone’s yard, garden, house, pet.
- Look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a compliment
“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.” -Christie Brinkley
- Ask a senior about their past
- Ask your friends boundary-breaking questions to really get to know them
- Befriend the new kid
- Compassion & Empathy
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato
- Have dinner at a restaurant of another culture and talk to the server about their customs
- Visit a new church or place of spirituality
- Read books about Empathy and Compassion. Consider this list: https://www.readbrightly.com/books-to-boost-empathy-in-teen-readers/