Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

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As part of the human rights module of the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English language arts, the fifth-graders at Commack Road and Maud S. Sherwood elementary schools in the Islip School District studied UNICEF. The unit of study sparked an interest in students to help others.

Fifth-graders who wanted to help participated in the organization’s annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. According to the UNICEF website, “‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ is an education and fundraising initiative that, for over 60 years, has given U.S. children, along with their parents and teachers, the opportunity to learn about their peers worldwide who are truly in need – and to raise money on their behalf.” As a grade level, the fifth-graders at Commack Road and Sherwood raised more than $800.

“We are very proud of their efforts and are grateful to be a part of helping others in need,” said fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Mintz. “This was a great opportunity for students to do a good deed while having fun, and it has really helped make a connection to what we are learning.”