ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHAPTERS
By becoming involved in OHH,
an elementary school can expect:
To enrich the lives of
their students by exposing them to the needs of others and helping them to
discover their own ability to make an impact on the lives of those less
To introduce their students
to a new culture and way of life.
To have the opportunity for
the entire school (students, teachers, and administrators) and the
community (parents and friends) to be involved in a unique humanitarian
project where the givers and the receivers are both children, and where
the seed of love, communication, sharing, and compassion can be gently
planted and carefully nourished.
Criteria for Involvement:
These specific criteria must
be met in order to ensure full support and cooperation between the OHH
mission and the elementary school:
Each elementary school must
choose a liaison responsible for communicating between the school and the
OHH team. The liaison should be a teacher, employee of the school, or PTA
member. The liaison is responsible for organizing and overseeing the
school’s participation. At Borland Manor, Deborah Murdock, a first grade
teacher, acted as the liaison. She ensured the timely collection of
donated items, created a team of PTA members to help with the projects,
and delivered the items to the OHH team before the mission in March.
Each elementary school must
have clear proof of support for the project by their school board.
Each elementary school must
work with the OHH team in order to decide what fundraisers or item drives
will be necessary for the mission.
Fundraising & Learning Ideas:
Using Borland Manor
Elementary as an example, these guidelines should be used as a foundation
for other elementary schools to construct their own plan of involvement.
Schools should not feel limited to these examples, and new ideas are
Each school should try to
make Spanish books for the children at their companion school using
letters or pictures created by the students or pictures of the students
themselves. A page in the book might include a picture of a student
playing soccer with a Spanish description of the sport, or a picture of a
student with their favorite toy accompanied by a description of the toy in
Spanish. This not only allows the students of the school to learn and be
exposed to Spanish, but also allows the children of the companion school
to connect with them and be exposed to different experiences. The OHH team
has books from Borland Manor Elementary that can be used as a template for
what the school might do.
The Spanish books might
have a specific theme, such as personal hygiene. Contents might include
pictures of children brushing their teeth, washing their hands, etc.
It is extremely important
to take pictures of all activities and fundraising. The OHH team would
like to bring these pictures on the mission and also may use them in
Please limit your
fundraising and donation drives to specific items, such as shoes, clothes,
book bags, or books. We would prefer to only take an item on a mission if
we have enough for every child. The best way to ensure this is to focus
each school on a specific item for collection. Be sure to communicate what
item the school wishes to collect to the OHH team before any collection
has begun, in case another school is already collecting the same item or
another item is more urgently needed.
Monetary collections and
donations are also very important. The money may be directed to buy
medicine needed by the children, to ensure that collected supplies can be
delivered to the recipient school, or to sponsor one of the OHH team
members. Borland Manor raised enough money to sponsor the travel ticket
for one of the medical students participating in the 2007 mission to
Getting the press involved
is a great way to gain community support for the school’s project. At
Borland Manor, Mrs. Murdock contacted the local newspaper with information
about the latest fundraiser or project, and provided pictures to be
published along with the story.
OHH is a registered 501(c)3
non-profit, meaning that all donations to our fund (administered by the
MCV Foundation) are tax-deductible. This can help influence businesses to
donate money, services, or even gift certificates for fund raising
activities and raffles.
Examples of Fundraising
Below is an example of the
timeline that an elementary school might follow. Borland Manor Elementary
used this schedule, but other schools may find that fundraising and other
collections are more successful at different times of the year.
liaison should be works with the school board, brainstorming the types of
fundraisers and items to collect while consulting with the OHH team.
November: Silent auction
December: Toy drive
make books of themselves to send to Taisha.
March 1st: All
items are collected and delivered to the OHH office to be sorted and
packed for the trip in mid-March.
June: A member of the OHH
team delivers a presentation about the trip to the school along with
pictures, and encourages the students to share what they learned through
their participation in the project.
The Responsibilities of the OHH Planning and Organizing Committee
OHH will provide guidance
throughout the development and implementation of the various fundraising
The OHH team will keep open
communication with the elementary school liaison and be available to
discuss the school’s progress.
At the beginning of the
project, an OHH liaison will visit the elementary school or school board
to give a brief presentation and description of the project, review the
responsibilities of the elementary school, and describe various possible
OHH will provide any needed
information, including the number, age, gender, and academic levels of
children in the recipient school. Pictures and drawings of the children
and facilities at the recipient schools will also be made available.
OHH will provide sample
pictures and books, as well as information about donations and activities
of other elementary schools, such as Borland Manor Elementary.
OHH will provide
information on the overall mission preparation, including a description of
the medical student team members selected to participate.
- After the team has returned
from mission, but before the school year ends, the OHH team will send a
trip member to deliver a presentation to students with pictures of the
trip. This presentation will demonstrate how the student’s participation
has touched the lives of the children at their companion school. While
this is not a requirement, we feel this presentation reinforces the
meaning behind the trip and allows the school’s students to fully realize
how they have impacted the lives of others.