Hunger

November 30th

This month we had planned to do a lunch club before Thanksgiving on Hunger.  Due to the fires, school was not in session on Friday the 16th.

We decided to continue our topic on hunger for this month, emphasizing December’s life skill generosity.

We started the discussion with this video:

We talked about how this video made the kids feel.  We talked about who is effected by hunger, and the many ways that not having enough to eat could effect your life.

We showed a World Hunger Map and had volunteers come to the front to visually demonstrate the different ratios of people that are hungry in various parts of the world.

We also shared with the kids an organization in San Rafael called Whistlestop.   One of Whistletop’s services to the community is to deliver food to elderly and home bound individuals who are unable to shop or cook for themselves.

 

The kids began to making holiday cards for Whistlestop to bring with the meals.  We will be collecting cards in the office until December 14th.

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Kindness

November 2 , 2018

Today we reviewed all the ways that people can help their communities.  We watched these videos on kindness and had some great discussions on all the ways that we can be kind in our own lives.

We were inspired by this speech given by a 10 year old girl about Kindness:

We also watched this video about “Kindness Boomerang”, how kindness can spread to those around you.

We then brainstormed “Ways to be Kind” as a group.

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We asked the kids how they would like to show kindness in the world, and then put these cards on poster boards and put them up behind our table for the bake sale at the harvest festival.

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Welcome to Socktober!

We are collecting new socks this week from October 22-26th.   Socks are the most requested item from our homeless population.  These socks go directly to the  San Rafael Streets Team. 

Please come bring your socks to the baskets at the loop, entrance on Idylberry, or to the office!

October 19, 2018

This week was our second lunch club.  While we ate our lunches, we remembered all the ways that we would like to help the world.

Then we watched  a video on homelessness from a child’s perspective.

We talked about how the video made us feel, and what we can do today to help the homeless in our community.  We showed a different video about Socktober, which reminded the kids of the need for socks, and of the steps to take to have our own ”Socktober” sock drive here at  Dixie.

We broke up into groups to make signs to advertise for the sock drive. Some kids colored flyers to give to TK/K that don’t attend lunch clubs, so they can learn about Socktober as well.

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The kids are very proud of their posters!  All the posters can be found on the fences surrounding the school.

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First lunch club meeting

October 5th, 2018

This week was our first lunch club for Community Heroes!  We had about 50 kids from 1st to 3rd grades.  The 4th and 5th graders were not able to participate due to student council activities.

The kids had a great brainstorming session about what they are passionate about in our community and throughout the world. Ideas included helping the homeless, elderly, sick children and animals, as well as many ideas about the environment.

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We divided the kids into groups based on the areas that they were most passionate about.  In these smaller groups we brainstormed specific ways that we can make a difference. We took notes about potential project ideas. When we came back together as a group, and shared some of our project ideas.

For the last portion of our first meeting, we discussed something helpful we can do right away and right here in our own community! We talked about how the weather is changing, it is growing colder, and that the number one need for homeless is socks. So, for our first project this school year, we have decided to team up with the Downtown Streets Team in San Rafael to collect new, adult socks for the month of October.  We are calling the sock drive “Socktober”, and we were all inspired by this Kid President video.

We talked about all the steps needed to do this sock drive.

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The kids decided that they would like to make posters to advertise to the community before and after school. We ended the club with the kids dividing up into small groups to write their names on the back of posters. At our next meeting on October 19 we plan to make our posters for Socktober and discuss the details for our sock drive! The sock drive will be taking place for one week, October 22nd-26th.  New or very slightly worn, matching, adult crew or ankle socks can be dropped off at the office. The kids will be responsible for collecting and taking inventory of the socks. Warm hats, combs, and gloves are also appreciated.

Kick Off Assembly

September 28th, 2018

We had a great kick off for Community Heroes at the assembly today! Kala Shah, the founder of Community Heroes, came to introduce the club to the school. She shared her enthusiasm for giving back to the community with the group and showed videos of past projects that other children have done. Kala spoke about how we can share kindness and empathy to those at school and in our community. The children in the assembly were engaged and very inspired to participate in helping others.

Here is a little “Be Kind, Give Back” chant from the end of the assembly.

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We also learned about the importance of Inclusion during an engaging talk by Michael Pritchard, an American Comedian, and Susan Schneider Williams, a Dixie alumnus and Wife of former comedian, Robin Williams. Michael shared some of his fun voices from Star Wars, and then enlightened us with ten things he likes to teach kids:

1. Be the medicine for a better World, Community, and School.
2. Use your words as shields and not swords!
3. Anger past thirty seconds is ego, the ego is not your amigo!
4. Wounded people wound others. Hurt people hurt people.
5. Don’t be hater taters, or teacher kids to be hater tots.
6. Life isn’t fair, but you can be fair.
7. Bring the light, but also glow in the darkness.
8. Forgive to live, live to forgive, let it all go. Become serenity.
9. Readers are leaders. Leaders are readers. Your the Author, live the book.
10. Intervene, confront, enlighten. ICE / cool down, ICE up.