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We were inspired by Kid President and our virtue of generosity to give this month.
1) We sponsored a toy drive! All our toys were donated to the Salvation Army.
2) We collected supplies for the Lookout Society. They provide assistance to the homeless on the downtown east side of Vancouver.
Homelessness happens year-round. Donations can be made throughout the year!
3) Knitting! We took on the task of knitting scarves for the homeless. We will also donate these to the Lookout Society!
This would not have been possible without the huge donation of yarn from sweetgeorgia yarns.
A big thank you to the sweetgeorgia crew who stayed at work late to help me choose yarns, who wound the yarn into kid friendly balls and who supplied us with extra boxes for our toy drive!
“There is no distinction
between the one who gives,
the one who receives,
and the gift itself.”
– thich nhat hanh
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
The virtue next month is generosity.
Here are some videos from Five Minute Film Festival to help inspire us!
TrueMove H: Giving (03:03)
“Though it’s actually a mobile carrier commercial from Thailand, this video went viral in September — with 14 million views, it’s clear people were really moved by this simple story of kindness repaid, 30 years later.”
Preschool Kindness (02:37)
Ethan and Emily are two best friends who started giving back early — while still in preschool, they raised over $5000 for a local food bank. Priceless quote: “It feeled great!”
The effervescent Kid President ran a successful campaign to collect socks for the homeless last month by rallying the citizens of the internet. Equally awesome — this video of all the people who participated or this video of more people who participated!
How will you be generous today?
We have taken time to consider and discuss what the most appropriate classroom pet would be. We looked at and discussed the BC SPCA’s guidelines for classroom pets. In the end, our compromise was to get a hamster* from the SPCA.
*The current classroom cage is the right size for a hamster. Any other animal would require a new cage.
The most important element is that this animal should be adopted by a family who is willing to take responsibility for the animal over the holidays and on weekends.Of course we will try to share the responsibility of weekend care but we need a family willing to take the animal if no one else is able.
If you and your family are interested in adopting an animal and lending it to the classroom for the school year, please let me know! Thank you!
Today we honoured Remembrance Day. We wore handmade poppies and heard a story from my grandfather, Trevor Harrop. My grandfather was about 12 years old and living in Scotland during World War II. I have grown up hearing stories about what it was like for my grandmother and him to grow up during the war.
My grandfather’s brother was in the war. He volunteered. My grandfather wrote a story in his honour and shared it with the class this morning.
“Lest we forget”
Our virtue this month is THANKFULNESS.
To open our Thankfulness assembly, we had Mr. Henry Charles of the Musqueam First Nation to give us a traditional welcome. He told us a story about how the Musqueam got their name. I encourage you to ask your child about the story. It was a challenge for many of us as he told the story in the Musqueam language. I thought that the language sounded very poetic.
In our classroom, not only do we use our manners and say thank you to each other but we have also been practicing gratitude and saying thank you every week for both the little and big things in life. Many of the students are thankful and appreciate their families, friends and classmates.
Thank you for creating such thoughtful and insightful children.
The virtues for the month of September were COURAGE and COURTESY.
We were inspired by Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Terry Fox demonstrated outstanding amounts of courage in his journey across Canada to raise funds to cure cancer.
In a conversation with some of the students, we discussed the idea that if Terry Fox were alive today with the same type of cancer, he would not lose his leg or die due to cancer.
But more importantly, we thought, where would we be in our fight against cancer if we did not have Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope to motivate us?