Two weeks ago, the children began coming in asking if I had heard about the earthquake in Haiti. I shared that I had. Many children shared their feelings. They were very concerned about the children of Haiti. ER suggested that we do something for the earthquake survivors. Ideas began quickly flying around the classroom, a bake sale, a white elephant sale, collecting supplies, a money drive, etc... All of the the students' ideas were great and could greatly benefit the survivors of the earthquake. They finally decided upon a money drive and a bake sale. They felt these ideas would be the most beneficial.
Then the planning began. We made lists of things we needed to do. At the top on the list was asking our parents if they could help us with the baked goods. So many kids went home and asked you for your help. They excitedly reported back the next morning that many of you were willing to help us - thank you! With you on board, we were ready to ask Mrs. Hussey for permission. Together, we drafted a letter and gave it to Mrs. Hussey. The next morning, she came to give us the good news. Our fundraiser was on!
Since then, we have made posters, created a flier that was sent home today to all the elementary school parents, asked Aunty Amanda if she had a folding table we could borrow, collected buckets from Ms. Rivera and Mrs. Abe, and sent a letter to our own parents explaining our fundraiser. On Tuesday, we will visit the other classrooms to "advertise" our upcoming fundraiser.
Please check the blue Friday folders for the flier and letter to our parents. Below is the letter that the children wrote to our parents. Please contact me if you have any questions.
I am overwhelmed by the compassion and drive your children have demonstrated. They are genuinely engaged in their efforts to help children in a far away country that need help. They are truly amazing, generous, compassionate young people!
Dear Mom and Dad,
We have been reading about the earthquake in Haiti. We are concerned about the children who have lost their homes, and food, and everything. Evan R. suggested that we should do something for them. We asked Mrs. Hussey for permission to hold a fundraiser to help the people in Haiti. She said it was a great idea. Now we need your help.
We will have a bake sale next Thursday, Feb. 4th. We will hold our bake sale during morning recess, so all the kids can come. We will price our baked goods at $.50 to $1.00. We promised Mrs. Hussey that there would be NO candy or nuts at our bake sale. We need your help with the baked goods.
We decided that any kind of baked goods would be great for our bake sale: cookies, brownies, rice krispy treats, mochi, muffins, banana bread, cupcakes, doughnuts and doughnut holes and so on. The most important thing is that we don't want it to be difficult for our families. We will need help baking or buying the goodies we sell. We will bag them at home in individual servings using ziploc bags (2 cookies in a bag, a nice sized brownie in a bag, etc...). If there is a lot or something bigger in a bag, we will sell it for $1.00. We will bring our baked goods to school on Thursday morning.
We will also have a money drive the same day. We have done this for UNICEf and it works. We will take turns helping at morning or afternoon autoline. We will sign up for a time and let you know by Tuesday. If we have KKIDS or HUGSS, we will help at the opposite autoline time.
We are going to donate the money we raise to the Red Cross-Haiti Fund.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Montes, email@example.com or 441-3818.
Thank you for supporting us. We know we can really help the children of Haiti. It is going to be awesome!
The Blazing Flames
The students of 3/4M