They might be the youngest learners at the International School of Beijing (ISB), but PreK 3 students recently proved little children can make a big difference to their community.
The class donated towels and blankets to high school charity group Roots & Shoots to support an animal shelter run by local NGO the Beijing Human and Animal Environmental Educational Center.
Proving students are never too young to learn about ISB's core values, PreK 3 teacher Karen Fidler showed her students photos of dogs at the shelter that they could "sponsor" through the towel and blanket drive.
"Our students took on the challenge to bring one old towel each from home. In total, we collected around 25. We viewed this as a valuable opportunity for students to practice service and global-mindedness," she said.
The PreK 3 children presented their towels to Roots & Shoots members outside the MS/HS Cafeteria at lunchtime on March 10.
Haylie W, an ISB senior who has been a member of the charity group since grade 9, said the level of school-wide support for the towel and blanket drive had exceeded her expectations.
"We weren't sure what kind of response we would get at the start. But by the second day of the drive, all three boxes we had for the collection were full," she said, adding that 66 towels and blankets had been collected during the weeklong campaign.
"The support of our PreK students has been incredible. I feel like they get to learn the importance of contributing to the community and the difference they can make."