Get involved at the elementary school level
Elementary school teachers and students can help support the mission of the March of Dimes through a variety of ways in the classroom. Consider the following to get your elementary school students on board with the mission to help all babies have a healthy start!
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year and 1 million will not survive. Educate your students on the impact of premature birth and discover ways for your students to make a difference on World Prematurity Day (November 17) and throughout Prematurity Awareness Month.
WonderWalk is a fundraising and community service event for children in preschool and elementary school. Children experience what may be their first opportunity to become a volunteer, and participants learn about the mission of the March of Dimes and the value of helping others.
Collect change to help all babies be born healthy! Each student or classroom can have a coin collection box and classrooms can compete to see who can raise the most for the March of Dimes. Contact your local office for coin boxes.
The March of Dimes Healthy Living Elementary School Guide will help you convey to students the importance of taking care of themselves and volunteering their time while raising funds that help babies be born healthy. It’s a great way to bring students together in the classroom, the school, and in their community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have lesson plans and curriculum for students?
For the middle school and early high school audience, check out our Teen-2-Teen program. This three part video series, along with a full curriculum, allows teachers, high school students and other community leaders to share healthy lifestyles information with middle school students and 9th graders.
How can I get involved?
Contact your local March of Dimes office and find out if they have any current programs for students.
Join March for Babies by visiting marchforbabies.org - start a new team for your school, campus or club! Or simply ask a few friends to join in your walk for healthy babies.
Use the resources on this site to plan your own fundraiser or awareness event, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any help!
What does the March of Dimes offer youth?
Enriching and enduring lifelong experiences through opportunities to:
- Build leadership skills
- Network among like-minded student leaders nationwide
- Give back to communities and make a difference locally
- Become involved in meaningful civic engagement, including advocating for local and national policies
- Be educated about a healthy lifestyle today and in the future
- Earn community service credits and enhance resume
- Develop public speaking skills while building character and self-confidence
Who is part of March of Dimes Team Youth?
One million youths nationwide are supporting the March of Dimes mission, and all of these volunteers fall under our umbrella term "Team Youth."
From elementary school to college, students and teachers/advisers have joined together to reach the day when every baby is born healthy.
We have many national service partners and youth organizations who have partnered with the March of Dimes.
By volunteering for the March of Dimes, you are a part of Team Youth!