Shamrocks, Cancer, and the Importance of Teaching Community Service
Community service is an important value to teach children. Many children get caught up in their own lives and their worlds often revolve around friends, family, or the many other things that catch their eyes. Through community service children can see the needs of others in their community and realize the importance of giving back to others.
Helping others helps build a sense of purpose and pride in oneself. The earlier we teach children the importance of contributing to their communities, the more opportunities we'll have to cultivate their love of giving.
Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness month, we decided to do something to help bring awareness to the disease. Our Community Service project for the month of March was to partner with a local nonprofit cancer organization.
Several teens decorated the shamrocks with information about Colon Cancer and positive messages for those who are fighting the disease.
The shamrocks were then presented to The Cancer Thrift Store of Beaufort, a nonprofit organization that helps people affected by cancer. Our shamrocks will be on display at the organization for the entire month of March to highlight the importance of screening for Colon Cancer in hopes of helping save lives.
Here are some facts about colon cancer from the American Cancer Society.
About Colon Cancer
Colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable. It can be prevented by finding and removing polyps before they become cancerous. It is also highly treatable if found in its early stages. Begin screening at age 50, and before age 50 if there is a strong family history of risk factors.
Reduce your risks
• Get to and stay at a healthy weight throughout life; stay lean without being underweight. • Be physically active; limit the time you spend sitting, lying down, watching TV, etc. • Eat at least 2½ cups of vegetables and fruits each day. • Choose whole grains over refined grain products. • Limit the amount of red meat and processed meat you eat, including pork. • If you drink alcohol, limit the amount to 1 drink per day for women, 2 per day for men. • Don’t use tobacco in any form.