Hillhurst School has done a lot of giving in the last couple of years. Giving Day started in 2014 with the giving of second-hand gifts. Last year we focused on giving the gift of literacy. This year we are giving the best thing of all — ourselves!
The “Giving Good” Challenge started on November 1 and runs until November 30.
What we are learning through this experience is that giving in this way is a real challenge. With so much going on in our daily lives, with work, school, sports, clubs and family time, when do we have time to give?
And HOW do we give? It just feels so hard.
That’s why we’ve called it a challenge. Because starting new habits and extending outside of our regular zone is not always easy to do.
The good news is, if we practice with small acts of giving each and every day, at home and at school, it becomes part of our routine, and suddenly it is not so challenging any more. This is when we find that reaching out to the community, volunteering, and taking on bigger actions of activism no longer seem so intimidating.
We have lots of wonderful things piling up in our Giving Box, but we’ve got a long way to go. So far, only a fraction of our students have found a way to give. We want to encourage ALL students, ALL staff and ALL parents to get into the habit of giving acts of kindness on a daily basis, so that we can, as a school community, fill up our box and make an important and positive difference in our world.
Between now and November 30th, we challenge all staff, students and their parents to find 10 ways to give their time, talent, energy and kindness to another person, to our environment or to an organization. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to come from the heart.
Thank you for your amazing support of Giving Day 2016. And keep on giving!
Giving Day Committee