Big thanks to CommuniKids for their amazing work and support!! Here’s a post written by Raul Echevarria, Co-Founder and Director of Curriculum at CommuniKids Preschool:
CommuniKids Preschool has started its fundraising campaign for i-Act’s initiative “Little Ripples.” On Friday May 10, CommuniKids Preschool Center in Falls Church, VA held a Cultural Fair that raised $1,200.00, enough money to purchase three Ripple Boxes for our friends in the Goz Amer and Djabal camps. That means materials for 180 children!
The week-long Cultural Fair was a wonderful intersection of fundraising, parental and community involvement, learning, and fellowship. As part of a curricular unit called “Friends from Other Countries,” CommuniKids students prepared crafts, talked about the importance of play, and learned about how difficult it can be for our little friends to find a safe place to play and learn in the Goz Amer and Djabal camps. Students listened to traditional music and learned to play traditional games from all the different countries represented in the preschool’s community. Among these the children played “1,2,3 pescao” from Puerto Rico, “le chat et le souris” from Congo, and “le quatre saisons” from Morocco.
On the day of the fair parents were invited to join the festivities and made a donation upon entering the party. They had a chance to play the traditional games children had learned, purchase crafts created by students, and enter a raffle to win an original work of art gracefully donated by renowned cartoon artist Camilo Ruiz. Parents also had the opportunity to approach the Little Ripples information booth to learn more about the situation in the camps and i-Act’s initiatives.
We are proud of the CommuniKids’ efforts to aid the many Darfuri children who have been displaced by conflict. It is inspiring to see children making an impact in the world at such a young age. Congratulations and keep up the good work.
If you have your own ideas about how to raise awareness about Little Ripples in your local community, we’d LOVE to hear from you!! Please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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