Edutopia Blog: Put the Awe Back in “Awesome” — Helping Students Develop Purpose

Imagine being Ryan Hreljac’s first grade teacher. After telling your class of six- and seven-year-olds that children in Africa are dying because of lack of clean water, one of your students is so moved that he has to do something. What starts as Ryan taking on extra vacuuming at home to earn money for wells eventually turns into Ryan’s Well Foundation, a non-profit that, to date, has brought safe water and sanitation services to over 789,900 people.

As Ryan’s teacher, you helped him start on the path to a life purpose, which, according to research, may be one of the greatest services you ever render to your students.

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