EduKids Summer Campers Experience the Power of Giving Through Reading
Posted August 25, 2009on:
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.”
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 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.”