kids making a difference

The Red Bike

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We had a great time last week at our second play group One Hen! We read the true story of Kojo and how a microloan led to a hen that changed the lives of a family, community, and country. We were able to take a trunkful of high-need supplies to Community Action House. I’m so thankful for all the families that have taken the time to come out to the park this summer. Above you can see a talented group of egg balancers!

So many sweet world changers.

TheRedBicyclePlayGroup

We really hope to see you this coming Tuesday evening, June 30 at 6:00 pm. (Kollen Park, on the east side of the public bathrooms.)

We will be reading The Red Bicycle about the journey of one red bike!

If you are able please bring $1.00 for World Vision USA to purchase bicycles for girls needing safe transportation to school!

Bring along a scooter, bike, skateboard, stroller! Anything with wheels! We’ll be having a bike parade around the upper sidewalk loop of Kollen Park.

After our Make Difference Bike Parade come over for play stations! Bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sack races, world volleyball, hula hoops, and a bicycle craft.

Create Kindness

IMG_2649First, she offered a henna pencil, something that was home to her. She gave what was most precious.

There are reasons why she would be weary. She has accepted many apologies.

 

A science experiment and she has remembered the most objects. She takes her small prize, a magnifying glass.

He looks over at it, his fingertip touching the clear edge. She has accepted many apologies.

Five minutes pass, when he returns to his desk, the magnifying glass is sitting on its surface. She nods her head and pushes it towards his hand.

 

Kids create kindness effortlessly. They don’t see the color of skin. They don’t see inequality. They don’t see disability.

And they are willing to forgive, over and over again.

 

When you grow past seven the hand that extends slows.

The willingness to forgive hardens.

IMG_2648God wants our giving hearts to be soft, like the seven year old who continually gives what is most precious.

He longs for us to kneel every time, in love and in forgiveness.

To create Kindness each and every day.

 

How can you create kindness today? 

What changes as we age that makes kindness more difficult? 

Students Speak Thanksgiving

Summer, Age 6, thankful for her family.
Paisley, Age 4, thankful for her family and gold stars.
Jack, age 3,  thankful for his big tractor.
Daniel, age 4, thankful for his friend Josiah
Noah, age 2 1/2 thankful for his family, his Mom and Dad
Alex, Age 8, thankful for video games
Riley, Age 4, thankful for Mom
Vismitha, Age 8, thankful for friends.
Vismai, Age 10, thankful for shelter.

Students Speak Thanksgiving!

Ruby, Age 3 , thankful for her sister and lipstick.

Amelia, Age 10, thankful for all kinds of good stuff including sparkles! These two cuties belong to  guest writer Amy Sullivan!

Xander and Sabella, Age 8 and 4, thankful for lots of things with great illustrations!

Asher and Eli, Age 3 and 6, thankful for T- Rex and Asher says “Me too!”

Grace, Connor and Bennett, Ages 6, 8, and 4, thankful for Maggie our dog, friends and Lego Ninjago!

Halloween with a Cause

Halloween with a cause! I like the sound of that!

UNICEF has raised over $167 million dollars for children in 190 countries. They apply these funds for health-care, immunizations, clean water, sanitation, nutrition, education, and emergency relief.

Follow UNICEF on pinterest. (Another great excuse to pin away!)

You can order your trick-or-treat box from the UNICEF website.

I would like to provide some ideas for those of you that do not go door-to-door for trick-or-treating.

  • Order a trick or treat box and keep it a prominent place in your house (dining room table) for the month of October. Collect all your loose change in the box. When the month of October is done, send your donation in to UNICEF. The spooky holiday of Halloween just gained new meaning for your family.
  • Order a box and collect coins for the month of October with any group your child belongs to.
  • Having a UNICEF trick-or-treat box set up at church or your church’s trunk-or-treat is a great idea too.
  • Bring UNICEF trick-or-treat to your school.
  • Host a UNICEF trick-or-treat party! Here is a great toolkit to get you started.

Here is the UNICEF trick-or-treat resource page.

Here is a UNICEF trick-or-treat October calendar with tons of great ideas!

Have fun family time; dressing up, sharing treats, and making a difference!

Family Activities through the World Food Programme

The World Food Programme fights hunger worldwide.

One of the ways the World Food Programme contributes is by providing nutritious meals for kids in schools. They serve 26 million kids in 60 countries.

 

Meet students at the Huarimarca School in Bolivia! This is a great family activity.  Click here for the link.

  • Watch the video featuring Ximena (the communications coordinator and school children).
  • Type in your name and email. Write the students a message about you, and then ask them a question.

Do you have teenagers?

  • Try out Free Rice 2.o. This is an on-line vocabulary review, perfect for SAT prep. With each right answer, ten grains of rice is donated through the World Food Programme.

Are you or your family gamers?

  • Do you play Chefville? If you do your gaming can make a difference. Teaming up with Chefville, Zynga will donate 50,000 to the World Food Programme when the Chefville community serves up its billionth dish. Play games=make a difference.

Fun and Learn Activities:

  • Check out these fun and learn activities for students, teachers, and families here. 

Your family can make a difference, together!