Monday, November 7, 2011

Uniting for UNICEF

Every Halloween, many chldren collect  money for UNICEF .

 UNICEF is the United Nations Children's Fund.
It was founded in 1946 to help children after World War II.
It now operates in over 150 countries all over the world and has saved
many lives!

The tradition of "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" began in 1950
in the United States.

This year our school carried on that tradition!

First, we dumped all the coins and bills into a pile.

Next, we sorted the pennies. A penny has Abraham Lincoln on the front and his monument on the back. Stacks of 10 made on dime. Rather than counting every stack, we made a master stack of ten and all the others were measured against it. It really moved things along. Another word for a penny is a cent.

Ten stacks of ten pennies equals one dollar!

Would you rather have 100 cents or a one dollar bill?

We sorted the pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and stacked them in one dollar increments. Finally it was time to get a grand total.

We had set a class goal of $25.

We actually collected

How does it feel to give to others?

What will UNICEF do with our donation of  $227.75?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It so amazing that our class collected $227.75 when our goal was $25! It was really fun sorting and counting all the money .

    It feels really good to be able to help people less fortunate than us.

    When we donate the money to UNICEF, they use it to help children in developing countries. Developing countries are those where the average income is a lot less than in countries such as ours. That means people don't have enough money to spend on things like nutritious food, medicine or schooling for their children.


  2. Hello!!

    In NZ, our school doesn't really participate in UNICEF. But one day, we did have a look at it. Our teacher told us to go home and the first one to call/text etc her about what UNICEF meant would win a prize. Please come back and comment on my blog at Thank you!!


  3. Hi.
    I really like your blog. In New Zealand at the school I go to we don't do anything about Halloween. But what you've done sounds awesome. It looks like you have raised A LOT of money. Please come back and have a look at my blog. Go to

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class-

    Congratulations-- you guys rock! UNICEF is lucky to have students like all of you who are really making a difference to the developing countries around the world. You should all be proud of yourselves. Keep up the good work.

    Dana (Sammy's mom)

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I can't believe that we raised $227.75!
    If we can raise that much money I wonder how much the whole school will make? I bet it will be a lot though. Just like Leila said " Our goal was $25.00."

    Best wishes,

  6. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    What a wonderful bunch of children you all are, you are all amazing.

    Sometimes here in Australia we have people drop of special bags so if we like we can fill them with unwanted toys and clothes so that other people including children may have the items.

    I know I get a buzz when I donate some items. For that what it is all about caring for everyone and if you can lend a helping hand it really is such a wonderful feeling.

    A BIG clap from me to you all.
    I, really do beleive it is far much nicer to give so others can have.
    From your friend down under,
    AA. :)

  7. Ryan(your former student)November 8, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Wow--Amazing! I can not believe you collected 227 dollars! I bet some classes (like mine) didn't even collect half of that! I was looking on the back of my UNICEF box, and you could sure help a lot of kids with that money. Some kids will be really be thankful for that amount that you donated.

    You donated $102.75 over your goal! That shows what you can do if really want to give to someone who is not as lucky us.

    Your former student,

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Ali and I'm Atrina's dad.
    I want to say BRAVO! I am so proud of all the wonderful children who have helped gather so much money for UNICEF.

    It is amazingly joyful to know that we can help others less fortunate than ourselves . There are millions of children in this world in need of just the basic things of life that we take for granted , such as clean water, food, clothing and many more.

    Helping another human being makes us realize that we are indeed blessed and if we learn to lend a hand once in a while, maybe we can create a better,peaceful world filled with a lot of joy and happiness for all.

    So thank you all for being so kind and thoughtful.

    Best Wishes,
    Ali, (Atrina's dad)

  9. Congratulations =) that is a lot of money you collected! wow I am really impressed, who would have thought that with a lot of pennies, dimes, quaters, and bills you can get to that quantity. UNICEF is going to be happy with what you did as a class for other kids.
    You went over the top. You guys collected nine times more than your goal.

    Congratulations once again.

    Miss Paola
    Miss B's Block

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    When I was at your school, I helped make money for a foundation like UNICEF. The foundation is called Pennies For Peace, and it helps children (especially girls) in the Middle East get educations so they can help create peace.

    Many girls in poor countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan are not lucky enough to receive an education like ours. By donating money we can help them construct buildings, buy school supplies, and pay teacher's salaries. The average teacher salary is about $600 per year.

    To start the program, I first had to go ask the principal for permission to establish a branch of the program at our school. We decided to do it through student council. At the end of the program, we made $669.50, enough to pay for a teacher's salary, a sewing machine, and a child's school supplies.

    It made me feel really good to know that I had helped make a small difference. The man who started Pennies For Peace, Greg Mortenson, was inspired when he ran across a small mountain village called Korphe after a failed attempt to climb a mountain called K2. He saw the children sitting on the frozen ground, without a teacher, attempting to do multiplication tables. He was amazed by their desire to get an education, and pledged to help them. He wrote to hundreds of celebrities asking for money, but he only got $100. He then went to an elementary school, which promised to raise money. They collected over $600, starting the program.

    Now Pennies for Peace and its affiliate, Central Asia Institute, have about 250 peace projects. If you would like to learn more about Pennies for Peace or the Central Asia Institute, go to or

    <3 your blogging buddy,
    Taylor (Matthew's sister)


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