Impact Story: Gildersleeve School

We asked the educators and students from Gildersleeve School in Portland, CT to share their feedback about their ThinkGive experience. Here is what they had to say.

Educator: Sam Starr

Grade: 3rd grade

Started partnering with ThinkGive: 2019

On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with your ThinkGive experience? 9

In your opinion, how did ThinkGive impact your students, if at all? It made them think about intentional giving. Their world is mostly receiving.

Can you share a story, anecdote, or something that made you smile? I really appreciated that many started to realize the mindfulness/stress reduction work we have been doing is an example of giving kindness to themselves.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are to your recommend ThinkGive to a friend and/or colleague? 10

We surveyed the students who participated in ThinkGive, and the results were outstanding. After participating in ThinkGive:

93% agreed that ThinkGive helped them connect with their friends, 100% with their family, 81% with their teacher(s), and 72% with their community.

91% agreed that after ThinkGive they will be kinder to others; 81% agreed they would be kinder to themselves.

82% agreed that “I feel empowered that I can make a positive impact on my world (myself, others, my class, school, other communities).”

And the students had some wonderful things to say about the program:

“I learned to be kind to anyone I see and meet!!!”

“Words can mean a lot to a person and small acts of kindness can help a person so much if they are struggling.”

“Not only to GIVE to others but GIVE to yourself.”