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The Philanthropy Roundtable builds connections between students, the school and the community. As students consider the communities they belong to and become more aware of the issues that affect these communities, they often select issues of global significance. 

To enhance the learning about global issues, Common Cents has highlighted different issues of global significance to provide educational resources and partner organizations for Penny Harvest students to become educated, make grants and take action around the global issue.

We invite you to click on the global issue areas below to find resources and lesson plans on past global issues. Encourage your students to examine the current state of these issues and what they can do to help. No global issue has been selected for the 2010-11 school year. 

How to think globally and act locally:

  1. Reminding the students where the pennies came from and of their responsibility to their local community.
  2. Discussing needs within global issues.  If students identify a natural disaster outside of the community, help them understand the needs associated with the disaster and confront those needs locally (i.e. after Hurricane Katrina, many people were without homes- ask students ‘is homelessness an issue in our own community?’)
  3. Researching local communities who are affected by the issue (i.e. after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, many roundtables helped local communities whose families were affected).
  4. Finding a local chapter of a larger organization that works on the issue the students have selected. This will allow your students to make face-to-face connections with local professionals committed to helping.

Past Issues Click an issue area below to find lessons and information on partner organizations from previous years.

2011: Japan Recovery

2010: Haiti Rebuild and Recover
2009: Hunger and the Global Food Crisis
2008: Climate Change
2007: Global Access to Education
2006: Needs of Youth in the Gulf Coast
2005: Humanitarian Aid for Darfur, Sudan
2004: Landmine Victim Assistance and Education
2003: AIDS Education in the Caribbean
2002: Afghani Youth
2001: Earthquake Relief in India

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