Even kindergarten students can develop a global outlook if provided the right opportunities, and Cornerstone teacher Angela Daniel makes sure she provides plenty of hands-on moments for her students. Recently, her 12 kindergarten students reached out to students in at Brighton Academy in Ethiopia, welcoming those students to their new school with hand colored coloring sheets.
The Student’s Perspective
Kindergarten Cayden Miller, felt “good” about reaching out to other students in Ethiopia. He knew Ethiopia was in Africa and colored his “Good Luck in School” with a brown backpack. “The students might be nervous about going to a brand new school,” said Cayden, sharing he was nervous too, but said that school had turned out pretty well for him.
His classmate, Aubrie Hobbs, said coloring the sheets made her "happy." When picking colors for her backpack, she went with "red and blue because those are her favorite colors."
The Teacher’s Perspective
"My teaching heart collided with my global heart today,” said Mrs. Daniel about this experience. “We prayed for them, found Ethiopia on a map, talked about how every child in our world doesn't have clean water to drink or the chance to go to school.
“We talked about how God led a family to start this school, and it took big faith and courage. I believe God can use small lessons like this to plant seeds in the hearts of little ones that He can grow into global hearted, future world changers. I loved my job a whole lot today!"
Brighton Their World & Brighton Academy
About seven years ago, Tymm and Laura Hoffman began Brighton Their World, a non-profit, ministry that has mainly focused on sending baby formula to orphanages in Ethiopia. The Hoffmans are friends of Mrs. Daniel and asked her if she would be willing to involve her class.
Their ministry has expanded and last year they felt the Lord calling them to start a school. That dream has become a reality and the first day of school at the Brighton Academy in Ethiopia will be on September 15.
The Hoffmans thought it would be a great partnership for US students to welcome the Ethiopian students to their new school with these coloring sheets made especially for the occasion. “Welcome to School” and “Have a Great Day” are written in both Amharic and English.
Brighton Academy provides two meals a day for the students and clean drinking water for their entire family. Brighton Their World is a non-profit organization focused on being a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for the fatherless. One hundred percent of all donations go directly towards providing the necessities of life for children with no access to them. Learn more at brightontheirworld.org
My teaching heart collided with my global heart today.
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