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Ideas for building community within a neighborhood

"The main challenge in community building is just getting the nerve to say hello to your neighbor."

community building..part of building a civic society, a career path at one time for young men out of college, like Barack Obama...

National Poetry Month idea? Have a container full of words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) and also residents to mix and match them. They could be hung by pins or Velcro. Perhaps once a week residents could vote for their favorite poem?

Have kids learn and write the story of their name - great for community building. FREEBIE!

How do you communicate with your team? Consider how well your team receives your messages. Remember, the idea is consumption and understanding! We want well informed teams because it builds trust, innovation and productivity!

A Community of Learners: Building a Supportive Learning Environment. Bob Lenz shares importance of fostering community in our schools.(Image: mtsofan via flickr)

Need an idea to end the day? The End of the Day Jar has 24 questions to ask students to get them talking about their school day. This helps build community in the classroom. You can call on students to answer the questions or have them talk with a buddy.