Trick or Treat for UNICEF
Every Friday afternoon, my youngest son, who is in third grade, brings home his TWAS (this week at school) journal. It is the first thing I look for in his backpack because I want to know what he learned and did at school that week that he hasn’t told me yet and he usually has something interesting to write. This is what he wrote in his TWAS this past week.
At school in gym we played lacross* and it was fun. We have Halloween centers and they’re cool. Yesterday we made a number puzzle. We got our Picture Day pictures yesterday. My class learned about UNICEF. My class has a team for extreme dodgeball. Also from yesterday I made a skeleton and a bus poster. I also learned about basic human rights.
After supper, we had this conversation.
Me: I like what you wrote in your TWAS. So you learned about basic human rights. Do you know what it means?
Him: Yes, it means that people should have water, food, laws, rules, education. And also, healthcare, peace, transportation. And we also have to be respectful.
Me: That’s good. You learned all about that?
Him: Uh hum.
He also brought home this large orange UNICEF bag and a collection envelope that he could use for trick-or-treating. (That’s his Halloween costume beside the bag.) Usually, the school sends home only a small orange box to collect money for UNICEF. My kids would hang this box around their neck on Halloween night and there are a few people who would drop coins in their boxes as well as treats in their Halloween bags.
The school collects funds for the poor countries in Africa where education is very problematic for most children and families have a serious lack of safe water and need to construct wells. The students have school assemblies where they are explained about social responsibility and taught empathy.
I think that’s a good thing. Hmmn. I’m starting to sound like Martha Stewart. 🙂
When I was in elementary school in the Philippines, I remember that we also celebrated United Nations Day, which falls on October 24. I have this picture of my classmates where we wore a U.S.A. costume. We had these blue vests made out of crepe paper and adorned with big white stars on the front. We also had this striped red and white waistband. Then we paraded around the neighbourhood.
My sister’s class wore Dutch costumes. This was in 1973. Oh, the things they made us wear back then.
* It’s actually spelled lacrosse and it is the official summer sport of Canada. It is a game played by two teams in which participants use a long-handled stick.