Happy Incredible Kid Day! Make your students even more stellar by teaching them the importance of serving and volunteering. But what kind of service projects and opportunities should you offer your school?

Don't overthink it! Service projects are intended to give back and give students an opportunity to express their compassion, kindness and character. Offer a variety of projects that appeal to different strengths and backgrounds. Everyone wants to get involved, they just need something that speaks to them. 

Here is a list of 20 incredible service projects for kids that can help kick start the love for service of your students! 

1. Make Valentines for Senior Citizens.

2. Donate kids’ craft kits to a local children’s hospital.

3. Organize a board game night at your local nursing home. Gather your friends and favorite classic games, and plan a fun afternoon.

4. Decorate placemats for Meals on Wheels.

5. Wrap gifts during the holidays for Barnes and Noble to raise money for a specific cause.

6. When school supplies are very cheap at the beginning of the year, pack up a backpack and supplies for a local child in need (the YMCA frequently collects these, in addition to other organizations).

7. Bring gently used board games and decks of cards to a local homeless shelter.

8. Put on gloves and pick up litter at your local park.

9. Write a letter to your elected official about a cause you believe in.

10. Collect DVD’s and video games you no longer use/watch and donate them to a Children’s Hospital for patients.

11. Stuff warm socks with snacks and fruit to pass out to people who are homeless.

12. Secretly rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor in need.

13. Make sure your school is recycling- talk to your city hall to get recycling bins for all of the classrooms and make posters to explain what materials can be recycled.

14. Collect used sporting equipment and donate to communities that do not have access.

15. Buy a kit from KidKnits– yarn made by widows in Rwanda or Chile, that comes with instructions to knit a hat plus cultural information. A simple craft to change the world!

16. Go through the books you’ve grown out of and donate them to the waiting room of a local dentist or doctor.

17. Donate your gently used stuffed animals to a local firehouse or police station to give to children in emergencies.

18. Work with your friends to make a “New Student” guide to your town that includes your favorite parks, a map of the neighborhood, and fun things to do.

19. Plant a garden or tree that your school or neighborhood can enjoy.

20. Promote bike-riding and carpooling at your school to reduce traffic and air pollution.