One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is
the importance of helping others in need. Towards this end, we are proud to
introduce Clara Barton as our humanitarian role model.
From the time she was old enough to be a nurse within her own
family, Clara's life was dedicated to helping others. She accepted no pay as
she taught poor children whose parents had no money to send them to school.
She raised warehouses full of food, medicine and clothing
during the Civil War, and then courageously went to the front to nurse the
wounded and dying. Finally, she started the American Red Cross which is her
As children learn from Clara's example, they will then offer
suggestions as to what they can do to help others in need and make the world
just a little better place.
RELATED CURRICULUM SUGGESTIONS:
- Civil War
- Women’s history
- Community service
- Character education
- Social studies and language
- The kick-off to a
school-wide food or clothing drive
SPECIAL CELEBRATION DATES:
- October – National
- October 16-22 – National
CHARACTER COUNTS! Week
- November 13-19 –
American Education Week
- December – Clara's
birthday was in December
- March – Women's
History Month; American Red Cross Month
- April 8-14 – National
- April 15-21 –
National Volunteer Week
- May 8 – World Red
- May 6-12 – Teacher
- May 21 – Anniversary
of Clara's Founding of the American Red Cross
*For specific tie-ins to your state's
curriculum and learning standards, please call our office.
"Anything that can keep the undivided attention of first graders has got
to be wonderful. A picture is worth a thousand words. They will
-- First Grade Teacher, Northeast School, Evergreen Park
"I felt as if I were really right on the scene - I felt inspired. It
was a wonderful way to learn history."
-- Sixth Grade Teacher, Plaid Academy, Chicago
program was an excellent way to present students with the challenge and
encouragement to make the world a better place."
-- Second Grade Teacher, Bright School, Waltham
"The presentation was spectacular and kept the attention of a very
diversified group (grades 3-8)!"
-- Eighth Grade Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Lowell
Barton's life is a great example of the kind of moral values we're trying to
instill in our students. Thank you for enhancing our unit and bringing to
life a true heroine!"
-- Second Grade Teacher, Stonebridge School, Stillwater
"Extremely creative program. Corresponds well with our American
-- Fifth Grade Teacher, Wilson School, Anoka