In 2010, I started a program called Write To Give. I wanted to help others in the developing world but I also wanted to do something different in my Grade 1 classroom. Something fun. Something the kids would really connect with.
For years I did a variety of things in my class to raise money for various causes. Things like “hat days” or “candy o’grams” or “gum days.” They were all fun and raised some money. But I never really felt they had a significant impact on my students. The “meaning” or “cause” always seemed to get lost in the excitement of eating candy or wearing a hat. So I was determined to find a solution.