Your Community Better
Make your community a better place to live by contributing to the
world around you.
Value and honor other people
Listen to different points of view
Be helpful, fair, caring, and compassionate
Share your time in the community and make it safer, cleaner,
To get started, explore your community. Find out what issues
are important to you and to others. Then, create a project
that will put your ideas into action.
Here are 10 things you can do to help make your community a better
place to live.
1. Be an environmental
steward. Organize a clean-up day and pick up litter along
the bike trail, around the school, or in your neighborhood park.
2. Paint a mural on
a city wall. Get permission first, then gather your friends
together to paint something beautiful the whole town will be proud
3. Celebrate a special
holiday such as Veteran’s Day by visiting local veterans at
a hospital or retirement home. Listen to their stories.
4. Start a food drive
and donate canned goods, furniture, or clothing to a local shelter
or the American Red Cross.
5. Write letters or
draw pictures for your local fire department or police station to
let them know you appreciate their services.
6. Hold a school rap
contest about ways to be a good citizen. Ask the local radio
station to judge the contest and put the winners “on the air.”
7. Mix it up at lunch.
Once a month, ask students to sit with someone new. This
is a great way to make new friends.
8. Join a school or
community organization and help make important contributions to
9. Volunteer your
time at a child-care center, food bank, or hospital.
10. Produce a documentary
film that addresses the common concerns of your community.
Hey kids, e-mail us your ideas for making the community a better
place to live. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org