Kenya Mission Projects

This week our class did our service project for the year.  We completed various crafts and projects that will either be sent to Kenya in October with the Emanuel church mission trip, or will go in the shoeboxes our school puts together for Operation Christmas Child.  I am so incredibly proud of all the work our class has done this week, not only on Wednesday morning when we did the projects, but also keeping up with sorting school supplies as they came in this week when classes began cleaning out their lockers and desks.

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We made clothespin critters, t-shirt scrap headbands and bracelets, and bead bracelets.  We also all wrote a note on the first page of the notebooks we are sending.  Now when the kids use them for school, they can see where they came from!

My favorite project was the flip flops.  There’s a little story behind the flip flop project.  Let me start at the beginning.  🙂  The 2nd grade classes at Central collected “Koins for Kenya” for at least a month for their service project.  All of the change that was brought in is being used to buy supplies, toys, etc, for the kids in Kenya.  Here they are, those sweeties:

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Well, I soon found a use for at least SOME of the money they had collected: $1 flip flops from the Target dollar section!  The kids can always use shoes, as they walk everywhere, and the roads are not good.

By the time I went to buy the flip flops, they were no longer $1 each.  They had been marked down 70% off!!  So, instead of $1 each, they cost 30 cents each!!  I am happy to report that I cleaned out every Target store in Fort Wayne!  🙂  We ended up with 90 pairs of flip flops, and it only cost us $27!!  🙂

The project we did with the flip flops was to decorate them using Sharpies.  The 2nd graders got to each decorate a pair, and then the remaining flip flops were decorated by our class.  You saw some of the 4th grade action above in some of the project pictures already, but here are some pictures of the 2nd graders pitching in as well!

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And, in case you were curious, this is what 90 decorated pairs of flip flops looks like:  🙂

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Finally, what I am most proud of are my extreme school supply sorters.  Some of them worked for just a few minutes, others gave up multiple recesses and would not rest (even on the last day of school!!) until all of our donated school supplies were sorted, sharpened, bagged, and boxed.  I cannot believe all of the hard work and energy that went into that, and there are many kids around the world who will benefit from all of our hard work.  🙂

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God is so good.  🙂

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