Children give a little to Afghans
An October art sale at the UW-Eau Claire Children’s Center raised $75 for Afghan children and more benefits are under way.
Michelle Wurzer, a preschool teacher at the Children’s Center, got the idea from one of President Bush’s speeches. He mentioned that one out of four Afghan children are orphans.
“In the speech he actually described how to donate money to the Afghan children,” Wurzer said. “You just send the money to the White House and the American Red Cross is in charge of the fund.”
Flyers were sent home and hung up around the school, which included information about his speech.
All age groups got involved and created special pictures and sold them to their parents for a dollar during their fall festival, she said.
“That way the kids understood a little bit about it, and the parents weren’t just sending a dollar to school,” Wurzer said.
The two-year-olds made a hand print flag with red and blue paint on white paper. The three-year-old class incorporated a verse form “It’s a Small World,” while the four and five year-olds did free artwork and some attached a poem about how to be a peacemaker, Wurzer said.
The fall festival is held every year for families to get to know one another. The kids give tours of their classrooms and each room has artwork set up.
Parents were very generous and supportive and some donated more than a dollar, Wurzer said.
Wurzer told her class some kids are hungry because they don’t have enough to eat and that they can make art projects to get money to help them find food.
“I mentioned once that sometimes they don’t have mommies or daddies, but I think there is a fine line between knowing enough and knowing too much,” Wurzer said.
Kelli Crowell, parent of a three-year-old girl at the center, said she tried to limit what her daughter saw on the news.
“I tried to keep cartoons on, PBS had cartoons on for a week straight,” Crowell said. “But from the footage she (Crowell’s daughter) saw she kept saying, ‘I’ve never seen anything like that.’ She now knows and recognizes President Bush.”
The school is holding a food drive throughout December.