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Helping strengthen kids and communities through family volunteerism... October 2006
in this issue
  • UNICEF: A Halloween Tradition
  • The Impact of UNICEF on Global Giving
  • Inspiration
  • One Family's Story
  • News From DGT

  • Community service needn’t be a privileged activity walled off from your family’s daily life. Instead, integrate into what you already do every day. Pick up a few pieces of litter each time you go to the park with your children, or buy an extra can of food at the grocery store each week to donate to your local food pantry. This Halloween, while your family is out celebrating, you can do a little something for others while having some frightful fun yourselves. We’ll explain how below. Have a spook-tacular time!


    Jenny Friedman, Executive Director

    UNICEF: A Halloween Tradition
    UNICEF Trick or Treat

    Make a Difference... Amazingly, a $1 donation lets UNICEF immunize a child against polio or measles for life. By collecting money along with candy this Halloween, you and your children can truly make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Just visit the Trick or Treat for UNICEF website to find out how to get a free orange box or canister wrapper for collecting donations. Then ask for contributions while trick or treating or attending a Halloween party. When you’re finished collecting, think about adding your own donation. That way, this Halloween your child can learn the pleasure of giving and receiving.

    Photo:Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

    The Impact of UNICEF on Global Giving
    Children Just Like Me

    Talk About It ... Make a point to discuss and reflect on any volunteer experiences you have with your children. In this case:

    1. 1. Explain that UNICEF is working in 156 countries to provide health care, clean water, nutrition and education to children and their families.
    1. 2. Let your children know the difference their pennies and dollars can make by reading over this list of where UNICEF money is spent.
    1. 3. Play the UNICEF video game together online.


    Learn About It ... To begin a conversation about how children around the world live, read the UNICEF-sponsored book, Children Just Like Me by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley. For other books on important social issues, visit the Doing Good Together resource list.

    Photo:Children Just Like Me (UNICEF Publications)

    Inspiration

    “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” - Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790

    One Family's Story
    Lake Country School students at work on UNICEF project

    When Juliann McDermott arrived to teach at Lake Country School in Minneapolis, the Montessori school had no “Trick or Treat for UNICEF.” That’s a program in which children collect donations on Halloween to help UNICEF bring health care, nutrition and education to children around the world. Now, thanks to McDermott’s passion and determination, the school is a veritable UNICEF collecting machine! Last year, students and their families raised over $3,000 for this United Nations organization. McDermott says such spirit is consistent with the Montessori philosophy, which emphasizes that every child is a contributing member of a diverse global community. With “Trick or Treat for UNICEF,” students realize they can do small things to help people they will never meet.

    Here’s how it happens. Come fall, Lake Country students gather for an all-school assembly on United Nations Day, October 24. The children perform skits to promote the UNICEF fundraiser, and teach new students how to build those familiar orange UNICEF boxes. After Halloween, students collect the contributions and take the money to the bank in carts. They then send thank-you notes to all participants, explaining the impact of their donations on the well-being of children worldwide.

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    Photo: Lake Country School students at work on UNICEF project

    News From DGT

    Would you like to help us spread the word about the benefits of family volunteering, and let others know how easy it is to raise compassionate kids by spending time with them in service? Tell your faith group, PTA, parent or community group or business that we’re available to do presentations and workshops. Learn more by visiting our website.

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