Riverview, Fla. (WFLA) – Preschoolers in the Tampa Bay area are raising money to make wishes come true, while learning about Make-A-Wish and giving back to others.
The Learning Experience Education Center is holding its “Let’s Grant Wish” fundraiser in April. Kids as young as 3 are learning about Make-A-Wish and the difference they can make in the world when they work together. Fundraising is part of the center’s curriculum on philanthropy.
Teachers are using Learning Experience characters “Charity Chihuahua” and “Grace the Greyhound” to help children learn how to help others.
Kids are creating arts and crafts while learning about Make-A-Wish and helping to raise donations through online fundraising pages.
“It inspires these kids to give at a young age, to know how to be kind, to know how to be a good friend. It also instills in them a sense of community, they know That by working together we make these wishes come true,” said Jackie Talleyrand, business manager and one of the owners of The Learning Center in Rivercrest.
Learning Experience Rivercrest has raised $2,059 out of its $6,600 goal.
“So we’re almost there. We’re almost halfway here to make a wish, and it’s all because of their help and their parents and their families as well,” Tallerand said.
Various centers in the Tampa Bay area have websites where parents, family, friends, and even strangers who want to do good can donate.
Talerand said they have friendly contests between classes, and those who donate $250 or more have a chance to win a Land Rover as well.
“We try to demonstrate how far each class has gotten. So of course when parents walk in, they say, ‘Uh oh, this class is going to beat my kid’s class,'” So let me make my donation!’ So it was great,” she said.
While preschoolers are having fun crafting things like making wands decorated with gems and using Play-Doh to cut out stars representing wishes, they are learning about altruism.
Tellyrand said that something like this can also be done at home.
“Giving is something that is very important. So even if it is not in school, if parents want to help instill that skill in their children at an early age, it goes a long way,” she said. The way this world is right now, we need more compassionate people, so we’re hoping that through this campaign of wishing and teaching children about philanthropy, we’ll see what it means to donate more. can change the world.”