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Washington Elementary School Students Dream Up New Volunteer Projects to Win a Week in Rap Junior Shout-Out!

Did you know that we have a Shout-Out Contest especially for our loyal Week in Rap Junior viewers? This week, students in Mr. Penny’s 4th grade class at Washington Elementary School in Union, NJ had their chance to shine after sharing their altruistic aspirations for original volunteer projects. Find out what they came up with!

Washington Elementary School

Last month, The Week in Rap Junior covered Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. This got us thinking about how students might like to give back, and what causes or charities are nearest and dearest to them. So we asked students: If you could start your own volunteer project, what would it be? Who would you help and how would you help them?

We loved how students in Mr. Penny’s class each proposed unique ways to support a wide variety of causes special to them. Students’ ideas incorporated their interests and sometimes involved friends and family members, making each project their very own. Here were some of the highlights:

  • “If I could start my own volunteer project, I would name it, “KidzKare.” I would collect toys and games from my family and friends and take them to my local hospital where I would volunteer to play the games with children that have diseases like cancer. My goal would be to make children’s experience in the hospital easier, more fun, and more memorable too. I love helping little kids and I think fun games like Candy Land, Monopoly, Uno, Chutes and Ladders and Bingo would help kids through surgery and other illnesses. I also think it would be extra special to have someone their own age play with them.”
  • “If I could start my own volunteer project I would make a hot cocoa stand for the local animal shelters. I will find a nice place that people walk in the winter and fall or I would go to a store and find a good place to sell hot chocolate. Then I would save enough money to buy dog food, cat food, toys and bowls.”
  • “I would volunteer to help women who have breast cancer. I would walk in the breast cancer awareness marathon to show my support. Also, I would have a lemonade stand to raise money. I would volunteer my time and tie pink ribbons around trees at parks, at my Mom’s job, at school and anywhere else need be.”

Big props to Washington Elementary School for dreaming up inspiring ways to make a difference!

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Molly Cronin

Molly's love of education began when she landed her first job at age 17 as a preschool teacher's aide, where she changed countless diapers and led groups of toddlers in many a nursery rhyme. She studied communications, marketing, and education at Cornell University, where she wrote articles for university publications, co-hosted a radio show and led PR for a children's advocacy organization. After a stint in the crazy world of agency PR, she now blends her background in communications and her passion for education in her sales and partnership work at Flocabulary. When she's off Flocab duty, she can be found scouring food blogs and old cookbooks or traipsing around Alphabet City.

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