Second grade students at East Franklin elementary have been working on a unit focused on the United Nation’s Children’s fund (UNICEF).
Members of the African Dance Company of Asheville held the dance presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 21 and were followed by vignettes highlighting the stories of four children from different countries and a song selection which included ‘We are the World’ and ‘Love Can Build a Bridge.’
Throughout the project, students have learned about countries all over the world and have been working in conjunction with UNICEF to raise money for a gift goal to address impoverished countries’ needs for food, immunization, shelter and clean water.
The children have been working to help raise money for UNICEF, which is a driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized, in order to purchase a water pump to help provide clean, safe drinking water for an entire community.
After Genevieve, a second grade student at East Franklin, made a UNICEF presentation to all the classes in the school, the entire school decided to help by ordering special Valentine candygrams in an attempt to reach their goal of the $500 it would cost to purchase the pump, which they surpassed and ended the fundraiser with $550.
UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes them unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.