By Betsy Hedbavny
For the last two years the kindergarten class has participated in the One Hen Project. It is a national project based on the true story of Kojo, a young boy from Ghana. One Hen’s aim is to empower students to become social entrepreneurs. It is a story of how one small loan made a big difference. Students learn to make a difference for themselves and the world through learning and experiencing basic economics, social conscience, and global interconnectedness.
Even in normal circumstances, kindergartners find it challenging to develop a small business plan, share the plan, take out a loan, advertise, create their goods, sell their product, and with the profit they earn pay back the loan and make a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice, helping to meet a global or local need.
These are not normal circumstances. However, we decided that the pandemic would not stop this year’s One Hen project. Now more than ever we had a local need. Postal Pals, our small business, was created to spread love and encouragement.
Instead of selling a product this year, we wanted to offer a service. Students have been working hard completing chores around their homes to earn stamps. Once they are “paid” in stamps, the kindergartners have been writing words of encouragement and love to their senior and fifth grade buddies, specials teachers, friends, and family members. They are extremely proud of their good deeds and have loved accomplishing the chores. According to the happy smiles and thankful responses, the recipients have loved it too.