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After just experiencing the third heat wave in the New York/DC area, summer is surely in full swing!

And, the best part of summertime for students is … no school! But, what are you going to do with all that free time?

Youth Service America put out a list of 10 ideas on how you can really make this summer a GOOD one! A summary of their 10 suggestions are below. Check out their site for full details on 10 Ways to Get Ur Good on this Summer!


  1. Set up a lemonade stand and donate the money you make to Alex's Lemonade Stand.
  2. Offer to pet-sit for your neighbors going on vacation for free.
  3. Are you a certified lifeguard? If so, offer to volunteer at your local local YMCA.
  4. It’s hurricane season. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, make a disaster relief kit or refill your current one and share information with friends and family.
  5. If you're eligible, donate blood.
  6. Keep the World Cup fever going! Support your city’s homeless street soccer team by cheering them on or hosting a drive to collect soccer accessories.
  7. Make sure to help elderly neighbors, by offering to mow their lawn, help with gardening, or with groceries.
  8. Volunteer at a nursing home or shelter.
  9. Did you grow from last summer? Donate those clothes that no longer fit to Goodwill or Salvation Army.
  10. Help promote literacy and Summer reading by registering organizations in your community that can use free books with First Book.
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