Helping others is a good thing…especially when you can win an award while doing it! Our class finished the project and had great results. Through selling pencils and “pencil pals” we were able to raise $650 to help children in Nairobi, Kenya and children in our local community. The families in our class, staff at our school, and community members donated pencils and Beanie Babies for us to sell. Each morning we sold to the students at Desert Vista as they were coming into the school.
The whole school helped out by buying pencils.
First we had to make and hang the signs.
Then we sold pencils for 25 cents each.
It’s time to count the cash! We earned $650!
Our Kenya friends appreciated getting the money. They used it for food and clothing.
Mrs. Fraher entered us into a community service contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. We heard that it won first place in the local contest, then we heard it won first place in the state contest, and finally, we heard it won first place in the national contest! Were we super excited! On April 30, the two students who helped out the most will be able to accept the award at the state meeting for the Daughters of the American Revolution. We will keep you updated on getting the award.
We felt great helping others.
What are some things that you have done to help other people?
Kids can make a difference! The students in our class know that first hand. They have worked all year to help others who are less fortunate than they are. We are currently involved in collecting aluminum cans to raise money for our friends at Bensesa School in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our friends in Kenya...we write letters and send each other items to learn about our cultures.
As the cans are brought in, we crush them. Many of the teachers and other students at our school help us with this. They know how good it feels when we help others. This is a great way to care for our earth. Recycling the cans allows us to demonstrate caring for the globe as we care for friends across the globe.
What are some ways you help people in your community or in other countries?
We are doing this project for our Kenya Buddies at Bensesa School. They are really nice. They are from Kenya, Africa near the rainforest. They have some orphans in their school. We made some stuffed toy turtles for them because we wanted to let them know we are thinking of them for Christmas. We did this in December because that was when we sent them. We did it to make them feel good. We also raised money to send to them by selling pencils during our lunch break. Can you believe we raised $282 for them. Mrs. Fraher sent the money to them so they could get supplies for the school and take care of the children that go there.
This is how we made the stuffed toy turtles. First, we cut out cloth using a paper shaped like turtle. We pinned the paper shape to the fabric and cut it out. Next, we sewed it together with a sewing machine. We left a two inch space so we could put the stuffing in it. Then, we stuffed it with stuffing. We hand sewed the two inches together ourselves, but you can use a machine to do it if you want. Last, you cut out a two inch square cloth. We hand sewed it but again you can use a machine. I had fun doing this project and hope you do too if you want to make one! Here are some photos of us doing it.
Just the Facts!
Sea turtles are almost always submerged. Sea turtles possess a salt gland in the corner of their eye. They eat jelly fish and if you put trash in the ocean it is unhealthy for the turtles so don’t put trash in the waters. Do you have sea turtles where you live? If not, what kind of turtles do you have?