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101 Creative Community Service Ideas for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov - Getty Images
Photo credit: Aleksandr Zubkov – Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Participating in community service is one of the most rewarding things you can do. No matter your age, giving back can help you build friendships, develop new skills, and increase life satisfaction — all while making the world a better place. It’s no wonder that in a Good Housekeeping poll of over 4,000 people, 19% of respondents said they typically volunteer once a month and another 19% said they volunteer even more than that.

Ahead, we’ve found the most impactful community service ideas for volunteers of all ages. Remember: these ideas are meant to be general. If one speaks to you, think of ways you can personalize it toward your interests and expertise. Don’t be afraid to think big either. While you could totally pick up litter at the beach by yourself, you’d cover a lot more land if you

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For kids to stay in school, adults need to buy in to COVID-19 health rules, new Billings campaign says | Local News

The campaign comes as Yellowstone County Health Officer John Felton has said new rules will issued if Billings can’t halt the increase in its new cases, and as health providers issued a plea for people for people to follow health precautions. 

The push is backed by groups including the Billings Chamber of Commerce, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings Clinic, RiverStone Health, Big Sky Economic Development, Visit Billings, Billings Public Schools, Billings Catholic Schools, Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools. 

Whether school buildings should remain open has been a topic of academic and practical debate. Education and health experts have made evidence-backed cases for both sides.

Schools offer critical in-person services for kids, and there was significant concern about student mental and emotional health during spring shutdowns. However, school buildings have the potential to become hotbeds of COVID-19 spread if safety measures like

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Give Kids the Best Start Possible with New HOMER Learn & Grow Personalized Early Learning Program

HOMER expands beyond proven learn-to-read app with comprehensive essential early learning program for children aged 2-8

Today, HOMER, the essential early learning program for young children, introduced its completely reimagined comprehensive learning platform, HOMER Learn & Grow. Building on the success of HOMER Reading, the only app proven to increase early reading scores by 74% with just 15 minutes per day, HOMER Learn & Grow takes kids on a personalized learning journey that grows with them as they boost their confidence across vital subject areas including reading, math, social-emotional, creativity and thinking skills.

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“This has been an extremely challenging year for parents as they were thrust into the role of teaching and grappling with how to ensure their kids aren’t missing out on critical developmental skills. Nearly 60% of parents polled said they were equally terrified

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Kids Shine In Sun-Themed Art Contest Supported By Vienna Business

VIENNA, VA — With the sun still bright in the summer sky, local children had a chance to shine through a sun-inspired local art contest. Local solar installer Ipsun Solar hosted its third annual Ipsun Sunny Summer Art Contest for elementary-aged children with support from Vienna’s Ben and Jerry’s location.

In August, kids were asked to share their sun-related artwork and learn about climate change and solar energy for a chance to win a Ben and Jerry’s gift card. Kids could go to Ipsun Solar’s contest page for some sun art inspiration ideas, as well as Bill Nye’s video explaining solar energy, kids’ videos about climate change and more.

Submissions largely came from Fairfax County kids, and there were submissions from DC too. The contest had four overall winners as well as top submissions by grade. The first place winner was first-grader Joey D.

“I had a lot of fun

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The Latest: Moscow to keep school kids home 2 weeks in Oct

MOSCOW — Moscow authorities are extending school holidays by a week amid a surge of new coronavirus cases.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday ordered all schools to go on holiday between Oct. 5-18 and urged parents to keep their children at home during this period.

“Children (account for) a significant share of infections, often asymptomatic,” Sobyanin said in an online statement. “When they come home, they easily transmit the virus to adults and elderly members of the family, who get sick more severely.”

Health officials on Tuesday reported 8,232 new virus cases, with 2,300 in Moscow — the highest daily number in the Russian capital since late May. Russia currently has the fourth largest caseload in the world with over 1.16 million confirmed infections. It ranks 11th in the world with a reported 20,450 deaths.

Last week, officials asked the elderly to stay at home starting on Monday and requested

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Stress Can Be Scary: 5 Kids Classes That Bring The Fun

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(Beth Deiter)

The transition back-to-school is stressful for many students and families that’s why C.I.T.Y. of Support has partnered with five creative therapists in Chicago to offer stress-reducing, family-fun activities every Saturday morning during the month of October.

Classes will include everything from yoga to music to sing-a-songs each week featuring a different business and different theme. The interactive lineup includes:

  • 10/3: Prospect Music Therapy’s “Fall Chill: Family Music Activities”
  • 10/10: Tiny Voice Therapy’s “Speech & Language Fun on the Farm”
  • 10/17: Dynamic Lynks’s “Social Sing and Jam”
  • 10/24: Hop Along Yogi’s “Spooktacular Halloween Yoga Party”
  • 10/31: My Recess Therapy’s “Dress-Up & Calm Down Halloween Yoga”

These events are offered as “pay-what-you-can,” with all of the proceeds being donated to C.I.T.Y. of Support, a nonprofit organization, that offers support, both online and in person,

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I had to teach my NYU psych class to 360 students from a cell phone while trapped in an elevator with my kids. It went surprisingly well.

Jay Van Bavel with his children while stuck in the elevator of their apartment building.
  • Jay Van Bavel is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at New York University, which is currently following a hybrid learning model with both in-person classes and virtual instruction.
  • On Wednesday, he got stuck in the elevator of his apartment building with his two kids, just 10 minutes before his remote Introduction to Psychology course with over 300 students was about to start.
  • Van Bavel, who Tweeted about the ordeal, says he was able to give 50 minutes of his lecture before the elevator was fixed and he and his kids were freed.
  • Looking back, he’s not sure why he didn’t cancel: “It all seemed weirdly normal in the moment.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

On September 23, I had to teach my afternoon Introduction to Psychology class

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Coronavirus YouTube workout Active Kids 2.0 explodes in school year

Business is booming for Father Lopez volleyball coach Larissa Maloney

Zach Dean
| The Daytona Beach News-Journal

In April, when high school teacher and coach Larissa Maloney started her own workout YouTube channel dedicated to keeping kids active through the spring quarantine, she expected it to fizzle out during the summer. 

But when the school year ended in May, the clicks didn’t stop. Maloney’s daily videos, called Active Kids 2.0, were more popular than ever, and being watched all around the world, from California to Ireland. 

So instead of closing up shop like she thought, the Father Lopez volleyball and PE coach jumped in head first. 

“I was doing Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. every day for three months,” Maloney said of her daily workout videos, which usually last about 30 minutes and were originally intended just for her PE students at Father Lopez. 

“I ended up reaching over 50,000 families. It

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Children are spending more time online and in front of screens than ever before. Parents and experts reveal their best tips for managing kids’ tech use.

a group of people posing for a photo: Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson

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Jessica Nelson, pictured above with her family, has set boundaries around screen time by having her kids help out with chores around the house. Jessica Nelson

  • COVID-19 has seen an increase in children’s screen time, with many now clocking six hours per day according to one study — up 500% since before the pandemic.
  • Business Insider spoke to parents and experts about how to best manage kids’ screen time
  • Their advice varied from establishing offline routines to focusing more on what children are doing online rather than how much time they’re spending on devices.
  • The most important thing is to make time to do family activities together away from technology.
  • Sign up for our new parenting newsletter Insider Parenting here.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced schools and businesses to close in March, Jessica Nelson was tasked with taking care of three children on her own.

Like most

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Kids like the challenge of simple Alternating Stair Climb

story.lead_photo.captionStickman demonstrates the Alternating Stair Climb. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Celia Storey)

During the first half of my career, I found myself inside a fitness center nearly every day.

Whether I was working a shift or exercising on my own, I found solace inside the exercise cathedrals that dot our Midwest landscape. No matter how large or small, each fitness center provided an atmosphere of camaraderie, encouragement and hope that I will always remember fondly.

Over the past decade, my focus has shifted to the business side — which has been altered drastically by the pandemic.

I have seen fitness center trends come and go. The ’80s featured heavy Nautilus machines, cardio-based group exercise classes and spa-like locker-room amenities. The ’90s included a greater focus on personal training and the proliferation of free-weight training for men and women.

In the 2000s there was a transition from independently owned “Mom and Pop” fitness centers

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