CLASS PROJECT: Ways to Help
Remind students that the people of Chicago needed help during and after the fire. Ask students to name different kinds of helping groups that come to people's aid today. (Red Cross, Salvation Army, police, fire departments, national guard, coast guard, church groups, volunteers) Then discuss the kinds of help that people need in a time of disaster. (food, water, medicine, counseling, shelter, clothing, help in locating relatives and in rebuilding) Point out that although not everyone can rush to the scene of a disaster, many people help out by sending money or donating food, clothing, and other items. With the class brainstorm ways that students could help others in a time of need. These might include ways to raise money or things students could do in your community. Compile a master list and save it as a reference if students decide to offer aid in a national or local disaster.