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Little acts of kindness go a long way. Be it sharing your extra slice of bread with a little girl, or helping your neighbour’s grandfather cross the road. Small gestures of kindness and empathy can teach children to put themselves in the shoes of the less fortunate, and mould them into compassionate and righteous citizens.

What do we mean when we use terms like community service and social responsibility? How many of us actually understand what it means to take some time out from our busy schedule and extend a helping hand to someone?

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer for community service. However, the benefits are enormous and can help you reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. One of the better known benefits of community service is the positive impact on the community. Volunteers are the glue that hold the community together and makes it a better place.

While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and take some time to be comfortable around new people. Community service gives an opportunity to the shy bunch to come out of their cocoon and meet people with common interests and passions.

While it may be difficult to coordinate everyone’s time table, volunteering as a family has many benefits.  Children watch everything that you do. They observe and learn. By giving back to the community, you set an example of how small actions make a difference to somebody’s life. It not only helps them be compassionate, but also teaches them to think for themselves.

Community service makes your child confident, compassionate, and gives them what is called the ‘happiness effect’. Helping others sparks a feeling of happiness and instils in them a sense of faith in humanity and little acts of kindness.

At Greenwood High, we make sure that your children receive an all-round, holistic development. Our community service program, faculty and student initiatives, and events give our students an opportunity to make a difference. They not only learn the importance of giving, but they learn how to take pride and satisfaction in whatever they do.

Community Service doesn’t need to always involve big, life-changing acts. It can start from school, home, or even within the classroom. It just takes the first step to make a change.