This past spring, Tiny Tigers in 3rd grade were learning about financial literacy in Social Studies and persuasive writing in Language Arts. Teachers created a project, where students could understand the impact, importance, and benefits of planning, budgeting, and donating: "We wanted them to see the needs of other kids outside of their own community," said Mrs. Johnson, Dual-Language Teacher. To achieve this goal, her students participated in a video call with students from "Ayudame a Vivir" a school in the most marginalized area of Barranquilla, Colombia, which offers free education and meals to 180 children, ranging from Pre-K through 6th Grade.
Tiny Tigers were able to ask them about their school and life experiences as immigrants, as most of the student body at that school have emigrated from Venezuela to Colombia, due to the lack of food and medicine in their homeland.
After learning about persuasive writing, Tiny Tigers wrote letters to their family and friends and collected over 220 boxes of markers and colored pencils, surpassing their original goal of 180 boxes! The supplies were delivered during the summer by Mrs. Johnson, whom stated, "The students in Colombia were extremely happy and thankful, since they don't get to have markers or colored pencils of their own. It was a great joy to see their smiles and gratitude to our kids."
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