3 Cool Ways to Log Service Hours and Life Preparation
Bulletin Boards for Hospitals:
Then we showed a picture of it to another hospital director and asked if my daughter could re-do theirs, but tailored to their hospital’s demographic. That turned out great too.
Event Planning for Homeschool Group:
One fall, my daughter switched roles with me as organizer for the annual Christmas Gift Workshop for the kids in our homeschool support group. She had been a helper at the event for a couple years. I taught her how to do organize the workshop and served as her back-up. We also used Event Planning for Dummies for more skills.
Then we organized a Career Night with the homeschool group where moms and dads would talk about their work. My daughter learned to:
- get approval from the support group
- schedule the event
- book the space
- recruit a variety of speakers
- create correspondence
- coordinate refreshments
- moderate the event with a friend
Church Activity Volunteer:
My daughter was also busy at church.
- worked on the committee for our church’s annual Christmas program
- organized a yard sale to raise money for a mission trip
- participated in a planning session for a city-wide teen event for the Chicago Park District.
I shaped it all into a semester course called Career Exploration: Event Planning
These are useful service hours for the transcript and good life skills. Earning hours in this way had the added benefit of cultivating resourcefulness – using what you have to get what you want – which is, next to faith, one of the most important things we can teach our kids. And, it keeps the fun in learning for the student and the teacher.
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