From New York State to Jamaica; Kids Helping Kids to Smile
By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer
One fifth grade class in Lafayette, New York used their grant from Start A Snowball to get the word out about their project: Kids Helping Kids.
Teacher Mike Mahoney said the goal of the project was to raise about $600 to purchase dental supplies and collect school supplies for children in Jamaica.
The $100 grant was used to buy poster board, markers, balloons, and US and Jamaican flags. The students used the items to create posters to explain the project and encourage donations.
The fifth-graders collected, packed and shipped items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, pencils, colored pencils and erasers, which were distributed among schoolchildren in an isolated and mountainous region of Jamaica.
“I received a letter that stated our supplies given out to over two thousand children in Jamaica,” said Mahoney. “The success of this project was seen in the smiles of the children and in the tears of the teachers we helped.”
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