Number of Participants: 5
Hours Donated: 2
Value of Time Served: $85
Event Amount Raised: $260
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: May 9, 2019
Kindergartners improved their literacy skills and also learned about philanthropy at Birch Lane Elementary School in the Massapequa School District.
Children in Patty Dempsey’s class read a book about Jane Goodall as part of the nonfiction unit, and studied her lifelong work with chimpanzees in Africa. Ms. Dempsey also introduced students to a similar project spearheaded by Ellen DeGeneres to protect endangered mountain gorillas. They completed short writing projects about the two notable women.
Children decided that they wanted to make a difference so they raised money for The Ellen Fund to support the endangered gorillas. The youngsters did chores at home for 10 days and were paid by their parents. The class earned a total of $260. Students filled out charts explaining what they did and how doing those chores made them feel.
Photo caption: Birch Lane Elementary School kindergarten teacher Patty Dempsey and her students studied Jane Goodall and Ellen DeGeneres as part of a nonfiction reading and writing unit.
Photos courtesy of Massapequa School District