As Thanksgiving break approaches (and with winter break right around the corner), you may be wondering how you can keep your student engaged and productive during those off days. For many families in Baltimore living below the poverty line, holiday breaks present the added stress of providing meals, finding childcare, and more. Follow these tips to help your student make the most of their holiday break and extended time with family.
Clean and Organize a Study Space
Does your student seem to be drowning in a cluttered mess of homework assignments, notes, and reading material? A cluttered study space contributes to a cluttered mind. Encourage your student to use this time away from school to clean and organize their study space. If your student doesn’t already have a dedicated area to work on their studies, create one!
Interview an Extended Family Member or Neighbor
Family is the foundation of thriving communities. How much does your student know about the lives of their extended family members? Our elders often have invaluable knowledge to share with us about their life experiences – all we have to do is ask! If you plan to have a family gathering over break, encourage your student to interview an extended family member, family friend, or neighbor to learn more about where they came from. Sample questions: Where did you grow up? What is your favorite memory from your childhood? What was your greatest struggle? Did you have any pets growing up? Do you have any advice for me at my age?
Volunteer at a Local Organization Like MBK
During the holiday season, many local organizations and youth groups host special events to benefit the community. Remind your student about the importance of being grateful and showing kindness to others. Encourage your student to volunteer at a local organization that needs extra assistance serving meals or completing important tasks. This will be an eye-opening experience for your student that builds compassion and helps them connect with members of their community. In many cases, your student could even earn school credit. For more information on how to volunteer at MBK, please fill out our volunteer application here.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping in Baltimore
To learn more about how to help or to find out more about our services including addiction treatment referrals, prescription assistance, hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.