Change: Children setting a good example with donations

Once in a while we are reminded that while we adults fuss and fight with each other and paint the world in dark hues, the children in our midst have the right idea. Students at Mineral Wells and Criss elementary schools found out about a problem and looked for ways within their reach to solve it — or at least alleviate some of it.

When independent mission worker Debbie Bird, of Williamstown, returned from a trip to Africa, she showed students in Jill Carden’s fourth-grade class at MWES some pictures of the children in Uganda and talked to them about the challenges those kids face.

“It really bothered them that they only had one toy,” Carden said. “They felt like they needed to do something.”

And they did. They began a donation drive called “Change for Change,” which Carden said the students managed as though it was a small corporation, and came up with approximately $100 that will be used to buy soccer balls for the kids in Uganda.

Meanwhile, the fourth-graders at CES wanted to tackle a different problem, and decided to collect toothbrushes, after learning many kids in Uganda share one toothbrush among all family members. In addition to asking others to give toothbrushes, many of the students went out and bought as many as they could, on their own.

By Feb. 7, they had collected 520 of them.

“They’re still coming in and we’re still accepting donations,” said teacher Beth Cox. “The children have worked really hard to gather donations.”

Good for them. And good for the adults in their lives who encouraged them to see a need and work together to meet it. They know now that if they put their minds to it, they can do something to change another person’s life — and they know there is more than one right way to make it happen.

Thank goodness they are setting such a good example for the rest of us.