As the holidays approach, there are countless opportunities to help other young people who are less fortunate, from Angel Trees to Toys for Tots.
But how much do these youngsters get from donating a quarter for one cause, wearing a hat in support of another, or dumping a toy in a box at the mall? Do they really get a sense of what their efforts are going toward?
The Service Club at Peach Plains Elementary School is embracing the idea of giving, and taking it a step further.
The club will give students in grades 2-4 and their families monthly opportunities to learn about various service organizations within our community and those with state or global reach. The students and their families may then assist these organizations in an age-appropriate way.
The Service Club meets once a month after school, and allows the young kids participating a chance to have a say in what areas their help will be given.
“We want our members to feel ownership with this group,” organizers Jodi Andrzejewski and Heather Pease said in a letter sent out to parents.
It’s difficult to teach elementary-age kids the value of money and the value of sharing their blessings with others less fortunate. The Service Club at Peach Plains sounds like a tremendous opportunity to further these young children’s education, letting them see firsthand just how much of a difference they can make.
Dropping a dollar into the collection plate at church may not do it. Handing out food to people in need during a food truck giveaway certainly does.
We view this as a fantastic venture by Peach Plains, and would encourage other area schools to consider ways in which they could offer similar opportunities to students and their families.
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