Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kindergarteners Building Community - one can at a time.

"Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world." --Jack Ma

Families, as you may recall our children successfully donated hundreds of food items to our school wide food drive in December. 

We were disheartened to learn this weekend from our local newspaper that the Downtown Mission is in desperate need of food. 

We discussed the article with the children at circle time.  Our children were quite moved and immediately began to offer suggestions for ways to help. 

We created an idea web to help organize our thinking. We were amazed at the depths of thinking and far reaching ideas the children had. They began with wanting to collect items in our classroom and then moved to involving the entire school and then community! They thought of using posters, social media, print and public speaking to share their message and vision for helping out the Mission. 

Many of the children's ideas included encouraging others in our school and community to consider donating. They worked carefully to craft posters that would help inspire others to donate. Our children became empowered agents of social change. 

We wrote a letter and presented it to Mrs. Tullio. We wanted to know her thoughts regarding our ideas and how we could proceed with including the whole school in our plan. 

Please help. We will welcome food items into our classroom and will ensure they are donated to the Mission. Please engage in discussions with your child about this important endeavour and commend their empathetic and generous participation. Please stay tuned - some of our children's ideas are big and we want to help them change the world! We can't wait to see where this journey takes us!

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