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by Ellie Richardson                  Through my weeks of volunteering, I’ve noticed that one girl in particular doesn’t like to do art projects because she “doesn’t know how to draw”. At first, this seemed silly to me; it didn’t matter if the art was good or not, so long as she expressed herself. But when I saw her look around at the other girl’s drawings, then immediately erase what she’d produced, I could see read more…

Posted: July 28, 2015 in: Uncategorized

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child tax credit subsidize the low wages of working families and help to fill the gap between income and the cost of basic needs so as to avert homelessness.

Posted: July 20, 2015 in: Child Poverty

By Ellie Richardson Anxiety in children usually comes from a sudden turn of events, or a fear of that sudden change happening. This is why it is always important to explain to children what is happening, or better yet, what is going to happen, so that they know what to expect in situations they may not be familiar with. Today, during my volunteer work, two different children in my group had melt-downs due to a lack of this explanation. The read more…

Posted: July 15, 2015 in: Preschool

By Ellie Richardson Having volunteered at the same organization for a few weeks now, I’ve begun to notice a pattern in the way the children’s activities are structured. Because this particular program is focused on literacy, the class always begins with reading a book to the children. This part of the class is also paired with a short “discussion” period, in which the topic of the book being read is introduced. For example, one day we were reading a book read more…

Posted: July 14, 2015 in: Child Literacy

At our literacy program children made the letters in their names out of pipe cleaners. This was easy for some, but others needed a lot of help to visualize the letter and imagine making it, rather than writing it. Every child liked to roll up the pipe cleaner to make the dot for the small “i”! Eventually, each child had their name at their place on the table. Our literacy program is well supervised. Each volunteer has an interview, must read more…

Posted: July 9, 2015 in: Child Literacy

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Teaching isn’t just providing their students with information, it’s also listening to the students for information about themselves and how they learn. One day while doing my volunteer work at a summer literacy program for young girls, I was put in charge of making sure each girl wrote a sentence about the picture they were drawing. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. In fact, this sentence-writing activity was apparently one of the biggest activities of the year that marked each girl’s progress in read more…

Posted: July 6, 2015 in: Child Literacy

Older volunteer finds ways to befriend a baby sitting nearby, and a distressed five year old in a summer literacy program.

Posted: July 4, 2015 in: Preschool

Many kids go hungry in summer vacation because they no longer have regular school meals.  Call Congress on June 23 and tell them “End child hunger this summer. Please take action now”. Less than 18% of low-income children who receive lunch assistance during the school year receive food assistance at a summer feeding site. We have the power to feed our children this summer, but let’s tell Congress to step up on June 23. Sign up to be part of our Promise read more…

Posted: June 17, 2015 in: Child Hunger

Summer is not always  fun — many children in America are hungry. Summer meals programs exist, but they operate under  outdated regulations that stop their  effectiveness. As a result, we feed a fraction of the kids who are eligible, and in need.  Less than 2 1/2 million children are fed in summer vacation, but 22 million children receive free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Raise your voice this minute!  Sign this petition now, urging your federal Senator and Representative read more…

Posted: June 1, 2015 in: Child Hunger


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