World Of Change
We were excited to welcome World of Change® to our classroom today! You may have read the Portland Press Herald article, or seen these great news clips by WGME News Anchor Kim Block and NEWS Center's Jessica Gagne about this new nonprofit founded by local nonprofit executive Matt Hoidal. Matt brought World of Change® Classroom Change Kits into a few of our classrooms, along with pouches of loose change for each of the children to decide which focus areas to invest their change in. The kids were given the opportunity to choose from six jars and programs (housing, childhood literacy, food security, health and wellness, financial literacy, and children's play). You'll likely notice your child coming home with their World of Change® coin pouch today.
Over the course of the next month, kids can bring change from home to school, to add to the jars and see how their change adds up with others in a big way. For more about World of Change® and their plans for harnessing the $10B in loose change sitting idle in households across the US, and empowering kids and communities to dream of and create wide-scale change, visit their website.
We encourage you to take time to discuss this important program with your children and use it as an opportunity to illustrate how something as simple as change and the little things we do can make a big impact - especially when combined with the efforts of others. Please know that this is an optional program and there is no pressure to participate. However, the benefits of participation are considerable. As noted, we make sure that all students have an initial amount of money to contribute. We are excited to put our YES core values into action through World of Change!
When I asked the students to describe how they felt after contributing to the World of Change jars, students responded like this...