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What Can a 9-Year-Old Do?

January 31, 2020
By Adam Tilove

What do the Kansas City Chiefs have in common with the Koala Bear Hospital in Australia?

The answer is HBHA's 3rd grade class. 

Since the beginning of the school year, our third grade students have been immersed in Chiefs-based learning: They have tracked the scores and statistic from each game. They have charted the geography and distance of each away game. They have watched game synopses on Monday mornings. And they have discussed the issues of cultural approbation in do the “Tomahawk Chop.“ In short, the Chiefs have been a vehicle for learning all over the curriculum.  

When the bush fires swept through Australia, killing about a third of the world’s koala population, the third grade knew they had to do something. They sprang into action, using their love and passion for the Chiefs to raise money. They created art, which was turned into stickers, which were then sold to students and faculty all week. This morning they sold coffee and collected additional donations in the morning. After raising $1,000 this week, plus obtaining a matching grant for up to another $1,000, these students are very excited to send a check for $2000 to support the only Koala hospital in Australia.  

Please check out these videos, one from our 3rd grade class, and one from an Australian friend who is helping facilitate the giving of the gift.

Our students have embodied the words of Anne Frank when she said, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

Shabbat Shalom and Go Chiefs!

Adam Tilove

 

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