|Doing Good Together Newsletter|
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
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
Talk About It ...
Make a point to discuss and reflect on any volunteer experiences you
have with your children. In this case:
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)
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” - Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
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.
Photo: Lake Country School students at work on UNICEF project
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.