Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Our McHappy Day!

Awhile back, I shared with you that I had been chosen as the Queen Party Mom Classroom Coordinator for Cloe's first grade class.
Coordinating the parties has been a lot of work, but I have really enjoyed getting a chance to be back in the classroom.  I am, of course, also very thankful to leave the classroom after the party and return to being a mom!
My final party to organize for this school year was the Valentine's Party. 
For the craft, I wanted to do something different than the normal cheesy glue and glitter craft.  I wanted to find a way for these students to participate in some sort of community service or outreach.  I wanted to help teach these children the joy of giving.

We asked all of the students to bring in a new or gently loved book for the Ronald McDonald House.  The students would decorate bookplates for the books, and we would contribute those books to a great charity.

Cloe's teacher and I assumed we would get around 25 books.  However, the kids (and parents) totally got behind the idea and ended up bringing in almost 80 books for the Ronald McDonald House Library!

Today, we went to the Ronald McDonald House with Cloe's teacher some of her classmates to drop off the books and take a tour.

I was so impressed with the Ronald McDonald House.  They provide such an amazing service to families with children in the hospital.  Not only do they provide a place for families to stay, they really take care of these families and meet their needs.
Every single night, a nice hot meal is provided for the families staying at the RMDH.  They are all donated by volunteers.  Isn't that a cool idea?  Watch out, Willow Creek MOPS, we may be participating in this soon!
The cupboards are also filled like a well-stocked pantry so the families can eat all their meals here.

Besides living quarters, the house has many different activity rooms.  This is the library where our books will be placed.  The tour guide said that children love to come into this room and enjoy reading all the books...or at least taking them all of the shelves!
The toy room was the favorite for all of the kids!  It was pretty amazing!  All of the toys have been donated by some very caring people.  They even rely on volunteers to come in and sanitize the toys!

Donating to the Ronald McDonald House was a very fun project!
I'm sure we'll be back!


Erin said...

What a great idea!

Amy@My Front Porch said...

What a great idea!!

My cousin and family stayed in the Ronald McDonald house in Chicago while he underwent surgery for a brain tumor. They were also very impressed and said it is such a great concept!

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

That is a fun idea! We didn't stay there when the boys were @ Blank, but we definitely thought about it! It would be a place we could take the boys to show someday, since we can't exactly take them on a NICU tour ;)

Marissa Kaye said...

Hey. Super excited to see the rmh get a little TLC. We've definitely utilized the one here in Indianapolis (especially the in-hospital lounge area for families of patients. Good work!

une autre mère said...

Awesome idea! I think our MOPS group should totally volunteer to do meals here!!

Jackie Safley said...

I'm so thankful to you for thinking of this idea! And also to Chloe's class for donating so many books! We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in IA City quite often during Abby's cancer journey and so as you can imagine they hold a special place in our hearts! It is truly an amazing organization! I'm going to pass along your idea to my boys' homeroom mom's and see if we can do it as well!

Unknown said...

Such a special charity, awesome idea, and great memories you're creating! How fun. Yeah, leave the cheesy glue and glitter for the Cubbies classroom! Fun post!!!

Christine Poole said...

This is a great idea! My friends parents used to volunteer once a month at the RMCH in Des Moines. I went a long several times to 'help out' (as kids....I don't remember doing as much help as I do playing : )

I think they helped clean up the house and just kind of be available to talk and listen. My friend and I would play outside or in the play room/game room.

I wonder if they still have volunteers like that?