Next week - Look for the bag in your child's backpack (and fill it please)
When a young woman came to talk to LMS children about Cradles to Crayons two years ago, an LMS 4-year-old starting taking off his shoes so he could give them to her to give to a child.
That day kids here learned about the many children in Massachusetts who do not have what they need to go to school everyday. They learned that clean clothes, shoes and boots, coats and hats and mittens are in short supply in many families. Cradles to Crayons provides a great service to families by giving packages of these items – all in good, clean condition – to children across the Commonwealth. The distribution process matches sizes, colors and particular needs with individual children.
For the third year, LMS and Cradles to Crayons have worked together to “provide the essentials for childhood.” LMS teachers, students and parents have worked at the Brighton facility sorting, folding, and packaging clothes and cleaning and organizing toys and books to prepare for distribution. Kindergartners hand-decorated birthday bags; elementary students made sure donated toys were complete sets, clean, and ready for play; teachers assembled “kid packs” according to the lists submitted by parents and families.
By giving items in good condition to children who need them (through an organization that has high standards for what they give to children), our kids learn the significance of the re-use part of “reduce, re-use, recycle.” By working with the folks at Cradles to Crayons who organize all of this, our kids learn the significance of service and working for the health and well-being of the larger community.
Lexington is having a community collection for Cradles to Crayons, and LMS hopes to play a big role in the donations this month. Then on Saturday, November 2, from 9am to noon at St. Brigid’s Church on Mass Ave. families are invited to help inspect, sort and organize the donations the whole town will have collected.
So, sort through the clothes your child has outgrown, the boots that squeeze the toes, or the coat whose sleeves are up to your child’s elbow. One day next week, you will find an empty, clean plastic bag for you to fill with these donations so that another child can make good use of them.
Thank you for making this a priority in the next few weeks.
P.S. The big purple Cradles to Crayons bin inside the front door of the elementary building is also there throughout the year for your donations.