Friday, July 29, 2011
2011: Richmond, CA Elementary Students Help Those in Need!
As mentioned below, my fourth grade students got really into our 4th grade philanthropy unit (see several posts below). After lugging the suitcase of donations to Nicaragua, my homestay sister, Leonela, and I spent a few hours equally dividing the donations into 30 zip-lock bags. Without any convincing, she decided to come with me to the Yahoskas for the day. She seemed to be as excited as I was! We spent the first part of the day doing reading workshop. I was happy to see Leonela so excited to read to the girls. She has a talent working with children. After working with the Yahoskas that day, she is interested in volunteering with the Quinchos once a week. This is exactly what the girls need, a consistent, Nicaraguan volunteer who will be there year-round.
We followed up reading workshop with the donation give-away. Before I handed out the bags, Leonela and I explained that the donations were from low-income, inner city students (the majority of whom are Latino) in the United States, who are each trying to make their world a better place. The Yahoskas found this particularly exciting, because they knew the donations were coming from their pen pals, whom they had already received letters from. Each girl received a bag of donations from my 4th graders. There were stoked to see that their bags contained new, colorful pencils, tooth brushes, pencil sharpeners, erasers, hair accessories, rulers, and pencil cases.
Several were teary, several smiled and carefully stored their new supplies in their rooms, and a few didn't know what emotion to display. Others merely carried their bags around with them for the remainder of the day, displaying that the new supplies were very special to them.