As a follow-up to this post, my students met today to talk about their Article of the Week. (Every Friday my students receive a current events article/editorial and must read and respond to it over the course of the week. The articles broaden their horizons and provide background knowledge and scaffolding for them). We discussed the latest news from Haiti while reading the updates on CNN and watching a few videos from their student news.
Then we discussed what we can do. The students decided to put their change in our class bucket for the next week. Next Friday we will count the money and divide it by four, giving 25% to each class. Each period will then vote on the charity they want to donate their portion to in order to support the aid work in Haiti. We spent a few minutes browsing the websites of various charities in class today and they started keeping a list of the ones they connected with.
It was a great experience today. The kids really seemed to “get” it. They talked about what it’s like to live with their own lives while knowing what is going on in Haiti. I am so proud of them!