Project Pencils is a Winner!

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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.

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?

 


Learning from Each Other

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If you have been following our blog, you probably know that we have buddies in Kenya.

Our Kenya friends!

We are very lucky to have them as friends because we learn so much about their life and they learn so much from us.   Our class has become experts on the plant and animal life found in the desert, so we wanted to share some of what we know with them.

Exploring the desert outside our classroom!

We decided to create a poster on the information we learned and send it to our Kenya Buddies.

Here we are researching the species we took pictures of using our class digital camera. See the poster on the wall?

This way they will get to see what our desert looks like and the wildlife we have.  They just received it and are very happy.

Students at Bensesa School with the desert posters we made.

 

You may be asking what we have learned from them.  Well, let us tell you…

Kenya is a country in the eastern part of Africa.  The coast of Kenya is the Indian Ocean.

The capital of Kenya is Nairobi.  Our Kenya buddies go to a school that is in a rural part of Nairobi.

April is the one of the months that are rainy in Kenya.

They learn to speak English and Kiswahili in school.

A Day in the Life of a Kenyan Child

One of the foods they eat for breakfast is mandazi and chapati.

Mandazi is fried dough shaped like a doughnut.  The picture below was sent to us by our friends at Bensesa School.

They eat mandazi for breakfast.

They also eat chapati, which is fried dough.  They may have this for lunch or ugali.  

Chapati!

 

Serving ugali and mandazi at school.

Do you know an interesting fact about Kenya that you can share?

Do you know an interesting fact about the Sonoran Desert to share?

 

 

 


Collecting Cans 2 Care 4 Kids!

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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?

 

 

 

Would you like to collect cans for us?  If you live near, let us know and we will gladly accept them.