Compassion Games was the answer to our needs when it comes to a school wide community service program. I work for Bridgeway Homeschool Academy. While we are based out of Catasaqua, PA, we have students all over the globe. Bringing them together in service was a challenge. The past couple of years I ran an event just for the high school where they would donate to a select organization and learn about the country and specific needs those funds would be addressing - via weekly emails. While it was good, it didn't really bring anyone together and wasn't something all of Bridgeway could participate. I heard about Compassion Games from a player in the UAE and looked into it.
Well, it has been PERFECT for us! We just finished up the Water is Life event, and I've never seen such participation levels before! I kept the journal component in, using the provided questions from the daily mission emails. We currently have 1,600 full time students and a few hundred part time ones. A very high percentage of families participated in Water is Life. The students started posting about it on their forum right away and the conversation is still going! They really enjoyed the daily missions, even the younger students had fun and learned a lot. So many of the journal entries brought tears to my eyes. These children and teens didn't realize the damage being done to our Earth. They also didn't realize such simple steps could help the entire planet. I am so proud of them for taking this new event and running with it! In the end, we had over 900 students who indicated in a survey that they participated. We tallied the hours and money raised and it was amazing! The middle and high school students were encouraged to turn in journals (required for the high school students to get service credit) and I spent days reading them. I'm still putting them up on the map, three weeks later!
Compassion Games is EXCELLENT for organizations like homeschool co-ops, fully accredited programs like Bridgeway Homeschool Academy, private schools and more. The missions are engaging. The map is awesome and a great way for them to see what is going on around them and participate. I love what the students are learning about, as we all must be more aware of the people around us and planet we have been given to take care of. We are looking forward to the Global Unity Games. While we are a "Christian" organization, many of our students are not. I'm looking forward to having those with different belief systems interacting in a positive manner. We have most major ones represented and it will be good to see them come together and form a common bond.