The students manned booths selling “Monster-Ade,” a green-colored beverage fitting the Halloween theme, for $1 a cup with the proceeds donated to the American Red Cross to help hurricane victims.
According to first-grade teacher Crystal Waites, the idea for the project, named “Hurricane Hysteria,” stemmed from a collaborative effort by all first-grade teachers who had been teaching their students about hurricanes and meteorology.
“We grade group together and came up with this activity,” Waites said. “We’ve had James Spann here to talk with the children about hurricanes. We taught them about hurricane. They’ve learned everything from, ‘What is a meteorologist?’ to ‘How do hurricanes form?’ Of course, this part of the project teaches them how to give back and how to help others who were victims of some of the past hurricanes.”
Students brought in the green beverage from home and designed the posters used for the booths and displayed in the halls of the school. Waites noted several parents also volunteered time to assist the project.
First-grader Kieran Dabbs seemed to grasp just how dangerous hurricanes can be while participating in the assignment.
“We learned that hurricanes can destroy many things,” Dabbs said.
First-grader Carson Perez discussed what he learned from the assignment.
“We watched a video about how much damage in Louisiana Hurricane Katrina did,” Perez said. “James Spann taught us that hurricanes are built from warm water and cold water meeting together and it kind of makes a hurricane. We’re selling the ‘Monster-Ade’ so we can give the money to the people who lost their homes in the hurricanes.”
With Halloween marking the first of a surge of holidays centered on giving and the children for the most part being recipients of a bounty of candy and presents, Waites stressed how important it is for children to learn about giving.
“They’ve never been through anything like this, so teaching them about social and current events and how to reach out and help others that are going through hard times is the right thing to do,” Waites said. “The reason we teach them to give back is because here at Lincoln, we teach the seven habits. One of those habits is to synergize, work together and think win-win. They’re learning, but they’re also helping others, so it’s a win-win situation.”
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