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The Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference

Author: Barbara Lewis
ISBN: 978-1575423388
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2009
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Are you looking for ways to connect kids with inspiring, high-quality community service projects? Do you want fresh ideas and suggestions for how to get kids involved in service learning? Then this new edition of Barbara Lewis’s classic youth service guide is for you.

The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects(Updated 2nd Edition) contains hundreds of up-to-date service projects and ideas presented in an engaging, kid-friendly format. This guide has something for everyone who wants to make a difference. Features and benefits include:

· Over 500 service learning project ideas, from simple to large scale
· The “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects”
· New sections on Internet use and school service learning requirements
· Step-by-step instructions for creating flyers, petitions, press releases, and more
· Endorsed by Youth Service America

The book’s 14 thematic chapters cover topics commonly selected for community service projects:

· Animals
· Community Development
· Crime Fighting
· The Environment
· Health & Wellness
· Homelessness
· Hunger
· Literacy
· People with Special Needs
· Seniors Politics & Government
· Safety
· Transportation
· Friendship

Each chapter includes important facts and statistics related to each topic, a host of diverse service project ideas, and listings of service organization contact information.

With the current increased focus on community service, this book is sure to motivate an audience of eager young change-makers. National award-winning author Barbara Lewis provides the ideas, tips, resources, and information kids need to get out there and make a difference today!

About the Author:

Barbara A. Lewis is a national award-winning author and educator who teaches kids how to think and solve real problems. Her students at Jackson Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, initiated the cleanup of hazardous waste, improved sidewalks, planted thousands of trees, and fought crime. They instigated and pushed through several state laws and an amendment to a national law, garnering 10 national awards, including two President's Environmental Youth Awards, the Arbor Day Award, the Renew America Award, and Pledge and a Promise Environmental Award. They have also been recognized in the Congressional Record three times.

Barbara has been featured in/on many national newspapers, magazines, and news programs, including Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Family Circle, CBS This Morning, CBS World News, and CNN. She has also written many articles and short stories for national magazines. Her books for Free Spirit Publishing—What Do You Stand For? For Kids,What Do You Stand For? For Teens, The Kid's Guide to Social Action, Kids with Courage, The Kid's Guide to Service Projects, The Teen Guide to Global Action,and The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids—have won Parenting's Reading Magic Award and been named "Best of the Best for Children" by the American Library Association, among other honors.

Barbara has lived in Indiana, New Jersey, Switzerland, Belgium, Utah, and Poland. She and her husband, Larry, currently reside in Park City, Utah. They have four children: Mike, Andrea, Chris, and Sam, ten perfect grandchildren, and a forest of shy deer, a bold moose, busy squirrels, and feathered friends.


“Highly recommended, affordably priced, and ready to be used, this workbook starts in the hands of teachers, parents, and youth group leaders. It goes from there into the hands of students.”—Robert Schmidt, Ph.D., associate professor and service-learning coordinator, Utah State University

“Outlines numerous community activities that children can initiate. . . . Use this book before a brainstorming session to get your students’ ideas flowing.”—Curriculum Connections

“It was a delight to read a book that exemplified its message both in the content and in the book publishing practices.”—The Green Mama

Praise for the First Edition:

“A gold mine for kids who want to make a difference.” —NEA Today

“An outstanding choice.” —School Library Journal

“Indispensable for students and their teachers. The quality and breadth of service ideas are remarkable.” —The Children’s Book Council

“A good, not-too-preachy idea book for kids with a social conscience.”—USA Today


· VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

Awards for the First Edition:

· The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval
· Parents’ Choice Recommended
· Endorsed by Youth Service America
· Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
· Notable Children's Trade Books—The Children's Book Council

Paperback: 160 pages

Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 16 x 0.9 cm

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