Every child deserves a fair chance in life.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. Donations from the PS 183 community help UNICEF make a difference for children around the world.
The first grade will once again support UNICEF with hands-on, child-centered social action projects that are integrated into their grade-wide curriculum. In October, the first grade’s class unit focuses on the differences between needs and wants and explores the mission of UNICEF. Students then tell other classes in the school about what it means to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF – a nearly 70-year old tradition that is a part of many of our own childhoods – and share boxes with students to collect coins while they trick-or-treat. In June, first graders complete a Community Economics unit where they discuss goods and services as well as producers and consumers. They then put lessons to practice and learn entrepreneurship first hand by creating goods – bookmarks, alphabet charts, key chains, are more – and organizing a UNICEF School Store. All proceeds benefit UNICEF.
These resources can help you explore more about UNICEF’s mission at home with your child:
- Celebrate international days of significance using this colorful Global Citizenship Calendar and the activities that accompany it.
- Examine current humanitarian emergencies using this engaging, age-appropriate and up-to-date When Disaster Strikes – Elementary Guide.
- Use this Children of the World Educational Kit to help your child face challenges, confront realities and deepen understanding of themselves as young citizens who can help initiate change.
- Visit the United Nations.
Volunteer to help our 1st Grade classes explain the project to their fellow students on October 30th by clicking here.