I had Nobody home for the past week. I enjoyed having him with me. He has taught me a lot about helping others. I gave Nobody a smile too!— Madison, grade 3 student
My name is Madison. I am a grade 3 student participating in the “Nobody Project” in my classroom.
Nobody is a cloth doll with no features. He has no clothes and no face. He is just a blank person. The object of this project is to make Nobody a somebody. Each student in the class has to choose their own unique project and add something to Nobody to make it a somebody. After all, everybody is a somebody.
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Our projects have to be something that helps others. We can volunteer or do a fundraising project. By doing this I will learn how special it is to help other people. I like doing that.
I have chosen to help Operation Smile. They do wonderful work for children all around the world.
More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.
Operation Smile and Doctors without Borders helps these children. For as little as $240, they can provide a cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. This surgery can change a child’s life forever and can take as little as 45 minutes.
I really like that his organization fixes the smiles of little children. Thousands of children are waiting to have the happy life that they deserve. Together we can make a difference. You and I can put a wonderful smile on a child. I am going to try and raise $1200. That would be enough money to help 5 children. Every little bit helps!
At the end of this project I will give Nobody a smile to wear. He and the children we help deserve that!
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe. Operation Smile’s network of volunteers works worldwide to repair childhood facial deformities including cleft lips and cleft palates.
I hope you’ll help me bring hope and new smiles to children suffering from facial deformities.
Total Madison Raised
This article was published on the Operation Smile website on February 23rd 2010
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.