This year the Aidan Community continues our support of the Bright Beginnings Child and Family Development Center in NE Washington, DC, which provides child care and other services to homeless families. Look for the BB wish list when you are shopping at the Aidan Book Fair at Politics & Prose on October 19 and 20. Your donation might be used in the Center's library or given to one of their families for their own keeping.
In conjunction with this venture the Parent Association's Community Service Committee will be conducting a gently used book collection from October 16-23. As you are making room for the new books you're buying at the Book Fair, bring any children's and adults' books to the school lobby. Curbside pick-up will be available during the morning drop off. Excess books will be donated to Books for America.
TIPS from Ms. Merkel
1. Take your child with you to P&P. Maybe make a separate trip just for this venture.
2. Explain that you are picking out books for a child who doesn't have very many.
3. Answer any questions your child poses about those who are less privileged.
4. Allow your child to select the book.
5. Have your child hand the money to the clerk. (Yes, children understand cash better.)
6. Have your child color a book marker, especially designed for this project.
7. Let your child put the book in the collection box at the store.
8. Read to your child about generosity and giving. Some good books are:
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry & Lisbeth Zwerger
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coeer
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
9. Model giving behavior as often as possible. (If you write checks to organizations, show your child what you're doing, for whom, and let your child place the envelop in the mailbox.)