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Baking With a Cause –OakHaven Children Host Bake Sale to Benefit Japan Relief

WHEN:  Friday, April 8  from 8-9am and from 11am-4pm

WHERE:   OakHaven Montessori School

7267 Highway N,  Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368

HOW TO HELP:

  1. Donate baked goods, packaged and ready for sale by bringing them to the school office on Thursday, April 7.
  2. Buy generously on April 8!

DARDENNE PRAIRIE, MISSOURI (April 1, 2011) — In light of the devastating natural disasters to hit Japan, massive world-wide campaigns have commenced to assist disaster survivors. The relief response is no different in Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, where local Montessori children want to show that big gifts can come from small packages.

Children at OakHaven Montessori School (OMS) have come together to pitch ideas on how their school can join in the worldwide campaign to assist Japanese disaster survivors. “This entire project was never initiated by me or any other OMS staff member,” says April Powell, OakHaven Montessori’s Director of Education. “After having heard about the tragedies overseas, one of our students, five year-old Sarah Wicks, asked if our school could help,” recalls Powell. “Along with her classmates, we discussed what we could do to help the Japanese tsunami and quake survivors.”

During their active discussion, the children pitched donation ideas ranging from macaroni and cheese and milk to cakes, water and blankets. How would their items be delivered to Japan? “By mail,” the children eagerly suggested. The children then entered a discussion to understand how mailing food overseas may not be a good idea. Many of the children even recognized that many disaster survivors do not have homes to have relief items mailed to.

The young classmates then decided to host a bake sale and donate the proceeds to the Red Cross. 4 year-old classmate, Kylie mentioned that her dad “works a lot to get money for their family,” and that they could “give that money to the Red Cross.” It was at this point in the discussion that nearly every child in the room reported having money of their own that they could donate to help their mission. Touched by their sincere selflessness, OMS staff are eager to help their students in their quest. “We cannot stress enough that the fundraising efforts has been the children’s work, not the adults. We are simply helping to facilitate and assist them with the details to make this happen,” states Powell.

The OakHaven Montessori School Bake Sale for Japan will be held next Friday, April 8th at the OakHaven Montessori School, located at 7267 Highway N, from 8-9am and from11am- 4pm.

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