Here is a great way to make a school-wide food drive a deeper learning experience than just bringing in a canned good! In this lesson from Character.org, a school-wide food drive led by the fifth grade includes interaction between the fifth grade and younger grades, literature, and partnership with a community charity.
I love employing community service projects with my students! This project facilitates student-created blankets to be used by children who are sick in hospitals. The lesson plan can be adapted to involve younger students as well.
Students need kindness now more than ever! Leading a kindness initiative where students are encouraged to show acts of kindness to each other and throughout the school day can have profound influence on building character and improving schoolwide climate.
If you still aren't sold on the need for character education in school, this reading from the Institute of Education Sciences was super helpful for me and other school leaders. It discusses the research and rationale for schoolwide character education programs at the elementary school level.
As a science teacher, I had a hydroponics garden that build community amongst my students! Julian Elementary as a school of character and highlights their school community garden as an effective instrument for school-wide character education