Queen Anne Elementary has a partner school named Dwankhozi Primary School, located in Eastern Zambia. Raise for Maize is our annual campaign to raise funds to pay for food for students during the community's "Hungry Season."
The students of QAE want to raise this money by doing service for their friends and neighbors for a donation. Every penny we raise will go towards the purchase of food for Dwankhozi Primary School students. More information about Dwankhozi Hope Foundation can be found at http://www.dwankhozi-hope.org/
Student leaders have talked to each class. Please make donations to the box in the School Office!
If you missed the festivities last week here is a glimpse of what Dwankhozi Week looked like ~ Click Here
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!"
QAE's second annual Dwankhozi Week is coming up just after Thanksgiving break, December 1st-5th. This week is all about coming together and learning about our school partnership (both students and staff). Here is an outline of events that will be happening during the week!
Monday Morning Meeting - Kickoff with Mr. Elliott and Ms. Ward
Dwankhozi Gallery Walk - Tuesday (K-2) & Wednesday (3-5) - 9:30am-11:30am in the Covered Play Court
Students will be allowed to engage in various Zambian/Dwankhozi related activities, including maize tasting, recyclable projects (fabric, stamps, soccer balls), water awareness, story corner and a photo gallery.
Sharing throughout the week:
** Volunteers are needed to help out for the Gallery walk on Tuesday & Wednesday. If you can help out from 9am - Noon (on one or both days) with setup, working at a station, directing students and cleanup, please contact Beth MacLean. **
As the QAE-Dwankhozi Partnership continues to grow, there is an interest from a parent perspective to create a parent partnership team who could meet regularly to discuss the impact this will have on our kids, how we can support the school & teachers, and how to involve other parents who are interested. The first meeting for this group will be Friday, November 7th. Parents who are interested in simply learning more about the partnership can come meet in the cafeteria from 3:00-3:50. The parent partnership team will then meet in room 210 of the treehouse at 4:00 to discuss upcoming Dwankhozi events and how to get involved. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please fill in the google doc below with your information.
We hope you can join us next Thursday evening in celebrating and learning about QAE's unique partnership with Dwankhozi Basic School! A few of our amazing teachers will be there to share stories about their trips to Dwankhozi Basic School, answer questions, and give you an idea about "Dwankhozi Week" at QAE. Please visit the QAE-Dwankhozi FAQ page for more information about this partnership.
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 8pm-10pm
Where: Mulleady's Pub (3055 21st St W)
RSVPs requested and can be sent to Lauren Haley
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