|HALF of the cookies|
After reading the books, the class decided they wanted to help others in those countries. Since it was close to Christmas, and since I love to bake, the option of selling cookies to raise funds was an easy decision.
|Adding icing to the oatmeal cookies|
Because there was only one remaining weekend before Christmas and we wanted to distribute the cookies in time for Christmas, only four students were available on Sunday, December 21, to help bake the cookies. But those four students were workers! As soon as they finished one job they asked what else needed to be done. Together we baked oatmeal cookies with cream, raisin-filled cookies, and sugar cookies with icing to add to the chocolate chip cookies I had baked the previous day. The photo at the beginning of the post shows half of the cookies; the chocolate chip cookies are not on the table.
|The 100 step Raisin Filled Cookies (well, not quite)|
Before Christmas break, the students had searched the KIVA website, an international micro-lending organization, and selected loan proposals from people in Guatemala and El Salvador. This week I looked at the loan proposals they had suggested and printed out a list of those that were not fully funded yet. There were 7 options so I gave each student 3 post-it notes. They used the post-it notes to vote for the loan they wanted.
We decided to give $100 to 3 different groups.
A. Tejadoras - Guatemala
B. José - El Salvador
C. Saul - El Salvador
This was a fun, educational experience for the students and for me that reached far beyond the classroom walls! Because of the educational value of this project, it is something I want to continue this with my Spanish 4 classes in the next semester and in years to come!
Many THANKS to Kristy Placido and Carrie Toth who have involved their students in several international projects that offer assistance to those in need and who unknowingly inspired me to do the same! (read about Kristy's KIVA post HERE and 1 of Carrie's projects HERE)