Flyers for the Raise for Maize Campaign went home in orange folders this week. To show their support, our 3rd, 4th & 5th graders collaborated on the following request:
"As you know, we are partner schools with Dwankhozi Primary School. Did you know that many of the 600 students that attend the school experience something called the Hungry Season each year? The Hungry Season is from January through March and it is when the food that villages grow to eat runs out. It is the rainy season and they need to wait until March for their new crops of food to be ready.
The Hunger Season means that children are only getting one meal a day at home, and they are coming to school hungry. This makes it very hard to learn. The school has early release days during this time because the students have no energy to learn. Many do not come to school because they are looking for food.
We can help! Some women in the school community are willing to make the students a school lunch of nshima during this Hungry Season. They just need us to help buy some maize. If the students know that they can have a meal at school, they will come to school. The meal will give them the energy they need to focus on their learning.
$10 feeds 60 students for one day – that is like the whole 4th grade at our school
$50 feeds 300 students for one day – almost our whole school
$100 feeds their entire school, which is 600 kids, for one day.
They only need to be fed for 6 weeks (30 school days.) That's $3,000. To keep 600 students learning. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes want the students at Queen Anne Elementary to raise this money for the students at our partner school. We decided the best way to do this would be to ask QAE kids to do service work for friends and neighbors for a Raise for Maize Campaign donation. Every penny we raise will go towards the purchase of food for the students at Dwankhozi Primary School.
Here are some ideas that our classes came up with for service:
- Walk the dog
- Sell hot cocoa
- Rake leaves
- Pick up your room
- Do the dishes
- Take out the trash
Bring your donations to your classroom teacher anytime before Winter Break!
Thanks for your help!"