One of our congregation’s volunteers at Salem Elementary School (in Columbus) told me about her class. Her students LOVED their folders, and she nurtured that. Each week she gave them materials to add to those folders. As they did more, and learned more, each folder truly became a treasure.
On the last week, she gave them each a dollar bill. She wanted to celebrate their achievements and “pay them” for their hard work. Those children were so excited. Their very own dollar!
But then she did something else. She reminded them about a book they had studied. It told about an American child who raised money for a well in order to help a village in Africa. She told the children that she was going to send a donation for a well, and she wondered if anyone wanted to contribute.
Guess what? EVERY CHILD contributed! EVERY CHILD gave their dollar!! With a “lightness of being” they rejoiced in being able to give!
This is the difference our Salem tutors are making. They are teaching about reading, but also teaching about life, and kindness, and making a difference. One way that we all get to participate in this important ministry is through the school supplies drive on August 7 and August 14. Salem is a school with great needs, and this ministry is truly making a difference.