posted about our 6th grade's initiative to send school supplies to the Cheery Children Education Centre, an orphanage for AIDS victims in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. For two years now, our fantastic 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Cindy Massey, has made Social Studies come alive for our students by harnessing technology to connect our children in a small Orthodox Jewish Day School in Memphis, TN with students all over the globe.
This year, though, her class took the initiative to a new level. In one of their communications with the teachers in Nairobi, our students asked what it was they could do to meaningfully help their new e-pals. In response they were told that even the most basic school supplies - pencils, paper, and other things our children take for granted - were rare commodities in their school. Thus the challenge was posed. Our 6th graders were going to figure out how they could purchase school supplies and ship them to Kenya in the most cost effective manner and then they were going to figure out how best to raise the funds necessary to do so.
Just this week, with the school year winding down, I got word that their mission was accomplished. Below you'll find more pictures of the Kenyan children receiving, holding, and using the supplies sent to them by their Memphian friends here at the Margolin Hebrew Academy.
It's amazing what 6th graders can do.