Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you’ve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler


Service learning connects classroom subjects with outside world themes and issues. It is a teaching method that provides students of any age with the opportunity to interact with and help others, in a wide range of contexts. Service learning empowers students because they can see that their efforts can make a real difference. It’s about putting value not only on grades but also on the character of the individual.

IMEService learning can unlock a student’s potential and personal passion. By looking outside of oneself at the bigger picture, students can gain perspective, purpose and fulfillment.

The following organizations are great resources for teachers who want to bring service learning to their classrooms.

RandomKid: There are fundraising tools and sample service projects.

Roots & Shoots is Dr. Jane Goodall’s youth program for kids who want to help people, animals and the environment. There is an extensive database of amazing service projects from kids across the country and an entire service learning curriculum for students.

MADesign a lesson plan for your issue. This way, you can educate lots of kids by presenting it at schools and by providing teachers with resources. Check out the lesson plan about my work designed by the New York Times’ Learning Network. You can use this as an example and customize your own curriculum