Service Learning Project – Appreciation Bags for First Responders

Purpose of the Service Project

This service project was designed as a classroom project for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. On September 11, 2001, police officers, firefighters, and EMTs rushed to the site of the World Trade Center to help those in danger. Tragically 415 emergency workers died that day and many more suffer from effects of helping with the rescue and clean-up.

While this event took place in New York City, our emergency workers all over the world risk their safety and health every day. They cannot be told “thank you” enough. These Appreciation Bags are one way to say “thank you” while also providing items that are useful on the job.

Who can do this Project?

This is a great project for students of any age. Even our young students enjoy making cards and pictures to brighten up the day of one of our community helpers.

Supplies Needed for Appreciation Bags

  • Paper Lunch Bags/Plastic Quart Size Bags
  • Color Paper for making cards or coloring pages
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Stickers/Craft items to decorate cards and bags

Items that can be donated to go in Appreciation Bags

  • Small bottles of water
  • Instant coffee pouches
  • Individually packaged snacks
  • Gum
  • Tissue packs
  • Band-aids
  • Car freshener
  • Pocket sized book of Inspirational Sayings (this can also be created and printed by your class).

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Optional Items for Project

Ways to Ask for Donations

  • Create an Amazon Wishlist
  • Send home fliers to parents
  • Post your list on Social Media

Reflection Questions

These questions can help your students think about why they are doing this project and if they believe showing appreciation is important.

Questions before the Project

  • What is a community helper? Who are emergency workers?
  • Do you know someone who is an Emergency Worker? What do they do? Who do they help?
  • Do you think it is tough being an Emergency Worker? What makes their job hard?
  • Is this a job you would like to do?
  • Do you feel it is important to say “thank you” to our community helpers/emergency workers?
  • What do you think would help Emergency Workers do their job?

Questions during/after the Project

  • How did you feel putting together the appreciation bags?
  • Did you think about who is getting the bag you made?
  • If you were an Emergency Worker would you like to get a bag with the thank you card?
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