If you're looking for a means of exposing your students to the great feeling one gets from helping others, check out this site on the building and supporting libraries for children in Ethiopia. I love the fact that some of the 20 ideas are not fund raising but ways to connect with the Ethiopian children. My favorite is #6 - Make a video of teachers or students reading a favorite book for Ethiopian teachers and children to watch and enjoy.
What fun!! Modeling the joy of listening to a good book!
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And if you're not familiar with Yohannes Gebregeorgis' story of becoming a children's librarian in San Francisco and discovering there were virtually no children's books from Ethiopia then read about it here-