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EduKids Summer Campers Experience the Power of Giving Through Reading

Posted on: August 25, 2009

Hamburg, NY – The EduKids Early Childhood Education Centers Center Director in Hamburg, Kim Stewart, issued a very special challenge to her summer campers in late June: if they could read a certain number of books by the end of the summer, she would cut off her hair and donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in North America suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

“We created a gigantic paper gumball machine and sent home paper gumballs to every family,” said Stewart. “For every book the children read with their parents, they wrote their name and the book title on a gumball, then brought it in to add to the machine.”

Hamburg EduKids Were Given the Challenge to Fill a Giant Paper Gumball Machine

Hamburg EduKids Were Given the Challenge to Fill a Giant Paper Gumball Machine

The children responded enthusiastically and filled the entire gumball machine within six weeks. On August 11, the entire center gathered to watch as teacher Kaylee Lezar braided and cut off 11 inches of Stewart’s hair.

The Hamburg EduKids Children Filled the Gumball Machine in Record Time!

The Hamburg EduKids Children Filled the Gumball Machine in Record Time!

Hamburg EduKids Center Director Kim Stewart's Hair Before

Hamburg EduKids Center Director Kim Stewart's Hair Before

“The kids were clapping with excitement and so proud of their accomplishment,” said Stewart. “This experience has led to continuing conversations about the power of giving, how each of us can work together to make a big difference, and how reading makes anything possible.”

Hamburg EduKids Center Director Kim Stewart's Hair After

Hamburg EduKids Center Director Kim Stewart's Hair After

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1 Response to "EduKids Summer Campers Experience the Power of Giving Through Reading"

I like your idea of putting names in paper gumballs and put it in the big gumball machines created by you. Keep it up.

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