With their final purchase, the class voted to get capsules of retinol/Vitamin A to help repel childhood blindness. The $27 price tag was a little more than they had collected, but students rushed around the classroom to get to their desks where they were able to scrounge together quarters, dimes and pennies to make up the difference.
"The idea of giving to people in foreign countries ties in to our curriculum," said Melchior, who has been teaching at Jefferson for eight years and admires her class of young philanthropists. She said her students recently finished a unit where they studied geography and cultures, going on a hypothetical global trek around the world.
"Our next unit focuses on the economies and marketplaces of other countries with a focus on Brazil," said Melchior. "I think the UNICEF holiday project will take on an additional meaning as they continue to learn about problems facing other nations."