September 25, 2014

PTH – Gratitude

A few words from Pledge to Humanity:

I like to think of Pledge to Humanity as a bridge between the children in our community and those in need here and all around the world.

Equally important is the gift of empowering our children to share of themselves and understand the true meaning of giving and personally making a difference in the lives of others.

 Sincerely, Gaby

Our 3rd grade boys had their first meeting today, and after listing dozens of words relating to kindness decided to name their team “Gratitude.”  The boys are exciting to help others in need this year, and can’t wait to get started!

We spent our time sorting and making Thanksgiving boxes for about 200 families. The boys worked really hard and were great sports. We also talked about Shelter Inc’s mission and how our morning’s work would benefit so many families in need.

The boys collected over 60 new and gently used backpacks to distribute to kids in need. The 4th graders did the backpack drive for Rancho and the 6th graders did the backpack drive at Stone Valley. Amazing job, boys!

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Cleaning Up Our Environment in Honor of Earth Day

Our boys watched an inspirational slide show showing healthy land/healthy people -vs- devastated land/devastated people.  There were visions of deforestation, pollution, over fishing, drought, and garbage.  They learned that this is a global issue, and that the poorer the country the more devastated it becomes.  Then, that it is the duty of those with more (our boys) to protect the earth for those who have less (third world countries) and we can start here and we can start now.

We read inspirational poems about tackling problems and how we can make a difference. The Starfish poem  “it counted for that one”,  some excerpts from The Lorax “unless you care a whole lot” and of course Sara Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out!

The boys were also educated on endangered species.  They were able to vote for two animals that they would like to save with the money they earned selling raffle tickets.  We also wrote letters to our Congressman expressing their concern over garbage/pollution and banning plastic bags.

Once they had a vision and realization of how garbage can affect the health of the earth we headed out to pick it up.  The boys worked as a team clearing trash, cups, plastics, cigarette butts (yuck) off a heavily trafficked street in their neighborhood.  With bags full and a feeling of good deed we stumbled across an empty picture frame that we used to capture a worthwhile and meaningful  day.

If you’d like to do this project with your group, you can access the lesson plan below. Have fun!  DOWNLOAD EARTH DAY LESSON PLAN 

The boys made sandwiches for a local shelter. They gathered ingredients, set up an assembly line, and put together dozens of sandwiches. Great job, boys!

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