Thursday, January 28, 2010
Our tutoring children took on a special benevolence project of their own during December. To encourage good behavior and focused work during tutoring sessions, these students earn checks based on their good behavior. On Thursdays students can turn in the checks for candy or small treats, or they can gradually save up their checks for larger prizes. Carrollton’s elders agreed to match each check that the students donated with $1 that would be given to Heifer International. During each tutoring session in December, the students learned something about the Heifer program—their process for helping families and the benefits of the various types of animals that are given to the families. We set a goal of 60 tickets, and children had the opportunity to donate some of their checks at the end of each day’s tutoring session. We surpassed our goal, and the students voted on the animal they wanted Heifer to purchase—rabbits! These donated checks represent a real gift from our students as it meant that they had less to spend on themselves. Despite the sacrifice of some candy or a toy (which was clearly the cause of some internal debates on some afternoons), the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share in the Christmas spirit of giving.