PRESCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE
Preschoolers Collect Coins for a Cause
Coins for a Cause, one of our preschool service learning projects, takes place each winter as students work with the Wuqu’ Kawoq Maya Health Alliance to support a Guatemalan child in need of medical care.
In addition to collecting coins to donate to the Health Alliance, students learn about Guatemalan culture and geography, including a short lesson in Kaqchikel, one of the Mayan languages, an introduction to quetzal birds and howler monkeys, as well as a glimpse into Guatemalan village life.
The project is a very personal one, as students receive video updates from the medical staff that actually cares for the child they’re supporting.
For more information about the Wuqu' Kawoq Maya Health Alliance and its many projects, visit their website.
Meet Zoe, a 3-year-old Guatemalan girl with Hemihypertrophy, a genetic condition that causes overgrowth of one side of her body. This puts her at high risk of developing cancer. To catch the cancer early, Zoe needs a full set of expensive labs every 6 months until she is 8 years old.
In 2015-16, Villa preschoolers collected coins to help Zoe. They learned more about Zoe and her condition. And, explored Guatemala, including food, music, the worry doll, the Quetzal bird, and more.
2014-15's coin collection was dedicated to Helen Esperanza, a one year old baby with Down syndrome, a condition where extra genetic material causes developmental delays, both mental and physical.
Funds raised paid for intensive nutritional supplements to help her grow, medications to treat infections, and physical therapy to help her gain strength to walk and play.