Helping others turns children into community somebodys

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For the Grade 1 and 2 class at Port Hope’s Central Public School, they can now say that every nobody can become a somebody.

Cheryl Langille brought the Who Is Nobody program to her class for the second year, supported by Rotary International.

The doll starts as nobody, and ends up as a community somebody— Dee Gannon, vice-principal

The class received a featureless doll, and with activities they organize to help the community, the doll gains features to show their hard work.

“The doll starts as nobody, and ends up as a community somebody,” explained Dee Gannon, vice-principal of Central Public School.

Mrs. Langille said some of last year’s young participants requested the program for this year.

“And there was such a positive response from parents.” She said.

The class organized a penny drive that raised $128.50 for Free The Children, Adopt A Village. Then the children took turns taking the doll home, and starting an initiative on their own.

And there was such a positive response from parents— Cheryl Langille, teacher

“They had to help people, environment or animals,” Mrs. Langille explained.

One boy brought in cupcakes and donated the money to the Humane Society, and one little girl participated in a walk-a-thon and raised $400 for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

“It helped them realize that every little thing makes a difference to someone… whether they’re big or small, they’re important,” Mrs. Langille said.

Breanna Bradshaw, a second grader, helped out the Humane Society with her own money.

“I bought them, with my own allowance, all the cats and dogs some cats and dogs toys. They didn’t really have any. So I thought they could use some,” she said.

And there was such a positive response from parents— Cheryl Langille, teacher

Austin Cornelius also wanted to help animals with his contribution. “I gave the Shelter of Hope $60 and gave toys,” he said. To raise the money, Austin painted sun catchers and magnets and sold them to his classmates, family and friends.

He said he wanted to help an organization that helped animals because “they don’t get treated good, and sometimes they are hunted.”

For helping the community all of the students receive a bracelet bearing the words “I’m a somebody.”

For more information on the program contact info@whoisnobody.com

This article was published in The Northumberland Today newspaper on June 27th 2008

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By |2018-02-25T07:04:17+00:00June 27th, 2008|Media, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board |0 Comments

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Who Is NOBODY? is a literacy-based bullying prevention program for Grades 1 – 12 that applies the curriculum to real-life experiences. Students build self-esteem by discovering their strengths and using them to help others.

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