Norris Elementary Students Learn About Giving

Norris Elementary Students Learn About Giving

The ART of GIVING

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift giving is something that can happen throughout the year for many different reasons, but for many students, it is particularly on their minds this time of year.  Around the holidays, children are often asked “What do you want to GET this year?”  In elementary guidance class, we are changing one word in that question…  “What do you want to GIVE this year?”   

In scientific terms, the act of giving releases oxytocin in our brains which makes us feel happy and strengthens the bonds between us which make us human and ensures our survival.  In class, we aren’t discussing this in so many words, but instead encouraging students to think about how great it makes them feel when they do something kind for someone else.  We are making the point that while getting a gift is great, the experience of giving a gift can be even greater!   

Our project for Guidance class is called “Giving joy all year long!” Each of the 24 classes is collaboratively creating a calendar which the organization Sister Hugs will give to people who may need some cheer this holiday season.  The front of the calendar reads “Welcome each day with the joy and wonder of a child” and then each month has an inspirational quote with an awesomely illustrated picture made by two students in the class.

Students have been very excited to use their imaginations to create something that will bring joy and happiness to someone else, and what they are learning is that this act will in-turn, make them feel happy too!  We have discussed that making something from their awesome imagination is one of the best gifts they can give and that it costs no money at all.  So, if you receive a beautiful masterpiece created by your little one this holiday, please be sure to show your appreciation of their effort to think of others and GIVE this year!