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Maple Avenue students launch “Hearts for Humanity Drive”

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders, through their Uniting Kids and Community (UKC) program, launched their second global service project called, “Hearts for Humanity Drive.”

The goal of the project is to support American Red Cross relief efforts to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami. Students will raise money for their cause by selling and applying temporary heart tattoos, holding grade-level raffles for Japanese Iwako erasers and collecting donations. Prior to the fundraising, fifth-graders will present in each classroom to help fellow students understand the need to support the American Red Cross’ efforts.

The goal of Maple Avenue’s UKC program is to engage and empower fifth-graders to make connections with their school as well as local and global communities. This is done through the coordination and implementation of service projects in which students play an active role throughout the year in planning, coordinating, promoting and carrying out service projects. Maple Avenue fifth grade teachers hope that students learn the value of civic responsibility and problem solving as they work toward completing diverse service projects.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave.