Everything they need to know…
…they learned in Kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum wrote bestselling books on the idea that the skills we need in life, like caring for others, how to share, and how to give a gift, are learned in Kindergarten. Robert Fulghum must have been in Ms. Deena Simmons’ class at Maranatha Elementary, or at least close to it, because Ms. Simmons’ class definitely lives out the important life lessons they learned.
Deena’s class of five-year olds wanted to help orphaned and abandoned children, but how? They decided they would give up their snack for a month, save the money they would have spent, pool it, and give it to help care for God’s kids. Five year olds giving up their snack? Parents reading this blog are shaking their heads in disbelief. This would be like a ladies’ Bible study deciding they aren’t going to color their hair and donating the savings; or a group of guys saying they are giving up ESPN and donating their cable TV bill proceeds to kids. Snacks for five year olds are borderline sacred, but the proof is in the pudding (they didn’t eat). One month. No snack. $180. Enough to care for four children for a month!
I’m sure Maranatha has great plans for these children as they enter first grade this fall. As for me, I’m with Mr. Fulghum. What these children need to know, they learned in Ms. Simmons’ Kindergarten class. On behalf of the four children you all have blessed, thank you!