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I didn't experience a strong tradition of giving in childhood. I think it might be because my family didn't follow an organized religion. Or maybe it was because my dad was so busy raising me by himself that he didn't stop to think about the character building opportunities of soup kitchen visits or packing backpacks for disadvantaged children. He had his own charitable projects: He worked to bring alcoholism treatment centers to Native American communities throughout the country. But we weren't part of a community at home that emphasized giving.

The first time I became part of something like that was when my son started kindergarten nine years ago. Our local school is a fundraising machine, and I was so overwhelmed by the requests that chi flat iron I didn't give much at all. "It's a public school," my husband argued. "We pay our taxes."

But I quickly learned that taxes don't cover the science lab and the library and the aides in short, all the things that support the teachers so they can do what they do best: teach our children. Today I have my giving schedule set annual donation in the fall, fundraiser donation in the spring and I donate my time throughout the year.

I think it's important that we support the school, but I also think that it's important that our children see us do it. In michael kors handbags outlet the absence of religion, our school has become the community in which they experience philanthropy.

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doesn have to be grandiose. It can be as simple as giving a quarter to the woman who is a little short in line in front of you at the grocery store, or donating a book or two to the classroom, or bringing food to a neighbor who is going through a rough time. It letting the little girl who is bouncing up and down trying to it ahead of you in the bathroom line when you really have to go yourself. It tossing your neighbor newspaper onto the porch on a rainy day. It taking a moment to say to that mom who is always standing awkwardly to the side during school events. There are so many ways to give and to teach our children the value of such selflessness. Don overlook the little stuff. Sometimes the smallest gestures have the greatest impacts. So they do see that as part of my professional life. I should put that in my bio so it appears without clicking But I agree with you, Janette, there should be more. But I guess my point with this article (and probably not as clear as I could be), was that the public school cheap jerseys has kind of replaced religion for our family, in terms of how my kids experience a philanthropic community.

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