No, this isn't another one of the "Can I do Christmas in my classroom?" threads. I thought we could share with each other the things we're doing for others, in and around our classrooms. For the record, I'm in a Catholic high school. But for the sake of argument (or, actually, avoiding them) could we assume that anyone doing anything Religious in nature is teaching in a religious school? 1. On the day we do Christmas door decorating, each of the kids in my homeroom will write a Christmas Card to an American Serviceperson as part of the Red Cross' Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. (Coincidentally we call our homeroom the 9H Heroes, so it's particularly fitting.) Here's the info: http://www.redcross.org/email/saf/ 2. I'll also offer all my classes the opportunity to participate in Macy's Make a Wish program. http://www.wish.org/help/macy_s_believe Macys will donate $1 to the Make a Wish foundation for each stamped letter to Santa they receive. There's a Macys about 2 miles from here, so I'll be more than happy to donate the letters. I'll offer it as an alternative homework one night during the holiday season. I teach about 280 kids... that's a nice little donation to Make a Wish with practically no effort on my part.