Benefits for Kids of Getting Involved in Community Days
School Clean Up Day is an opportunity for kids of all ages to give back to their community by cleaning up a local area such as a park, playground or bush reserve.
This year School Clean Up day is being held on Friday 28th February and Youth Clean Up day is on Sunday March 1st. Last year over 3340 primary schools, high schools and youth groups got involved.
Not only are clean up days a great way to look after the environment, they also help young people experience what it’s like to volunteer for a worthy cause. If your child’s school isn’t taking part this year, it’s not too late to get involved. Visit the website to find out more.
Here are just some of the benefits of community days for kids:
Community days involve groups of people working together to meet a common goal. Work is allocated to teams and then members must divide individual tasks among the group. This involves good communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Kids who take part in teams learn how to work with others, follow instructions and share the workload. They may get the chance to take on a leadership role and engage with people from diverse backgrounds. At the end they gain a sense of shared satisfaction from achieving a common goal.
Contributing to make their community better can give students a sense of belonging that may be lacking in their everyday lives. It’s more important than ever for young people to make real life connections with their community when they spend so much time on devices.
Loneliness is a growing problem despite the many methods available for communicating today. Clean up days and other events can help kids feel grounded and encourage a sense of community spirit. Studies have found a sense of connection with the community is vital for health and mental wellbeing.
By contributing in a positive way to their community students learn that they can make a difference. This recognition can empower students to become involved in other organisations and it helps them develop more awareness of the issues affecting their community.
Young people who are educated and aware of local concerns are more likely to perform better at school because they have learnt to think more deeply about issues.
Events such as School Clean Up Day are an important reminder for students of their role in looking after the environment. Seeing how rubbish discarded by other people clogs up waterways and affects animals and plant life will help them become more conscious of their own actions.
Recognising how their actions affect the natural world can also encourage young people to learn more about what they can do to reduce their environmental footprint.
Students today spend a lot of time engaged in sedentary activities. Community events are a perfect way to get them off the couch and moving for a worthy cause. Exercise is good for physical and mental wellbeing and it can inspire kids to have a more active lifestyle. The simple act of getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine is very beneficial.
Kids learn many valuable skills when they become involved in community days.