A Day in a Pair: Teaching Children the Power of Words

Brought to you by Levi's. San Francisco resident Eloise Porter spends a day teaching elementary students how to craft stories and poems.

After Eloise Porter introduces herself, the students enjoyed snacks while sharing their favorite books with her.

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GOOD and Levi's are teaming up to bring you the "A Day in a Pair" contest, which will award one lucky reader with $100 to use towards doing good in one day. (And as an added bonus, Levi's will be giving the winner a $150 Levi's gift card, too.) Submissions are open now, so if you've got a great idea to make $100 count in your community, send it to us now for a chance to win.

And to help you get inspired with some cool ideas, check out this final installment of our three-part photo essay series. For the last three weeks of September, we'll be featuring one inspiring person in the GOOD community and sharing their unique way of giving back.

Meet Eloise Porter, a freelance writer and editor living in San Francisco. Porter set out to show children the importance of the written word.

Using her favorite childhood books, Porter spent the day at her local Jewish Community Center of San Francisco teaching a group of 7- and 8-year-olds to write stories based on phrases from A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver and The Phantom Tollbooth.

Make sure to check out the previous two "A Day in a Pair" essays to see how a Los Angeles community activist helped a local community garden, and how a recent New York City transplant got to know her neighbors.

Before starting her day, Porter headed to her local school supply store to purchase items for her future students.

Porter helps one student understand the tricky words in his selected phrase: "They transcend time, space, and the limitations of their mind."

Porter passes out pencils and paper to the kids and answers questions as the students begin to think about their stories.

This student insisted on finishing his snack on the stairs as he illustrated his other phrase, "Money doesn't grow on trees."

Porter assists the girls in deciphering the phrase, "Pretending to look tough."

The girls act out their phrase, "Trying to touch a cloud."

Read more about the "A Day in a Pair" contest here. Then tell us how you'd spend your own day doing good by clicking here. Entries will be accepted through September 26 and winners will be announced on October 1. Only U.S.-based individuals are eligible to apply and applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Read all the rules here.

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