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This Is One Lesson That Could Last A Lifetime

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014

Children’s Village youngsters learned the importance of cooperation and sharing during a special activity

On a recent winter day, the youngsters at Children’s Village took part in a special program based on two popular books. They learned about cooperation and sharing, with a hands-on activity that led to a donation for a local food bank.

The activity for the preschool and kindergarten classes was based around the book Stone Soup. Based on an old folk story, the tale tells of hungry strangers persuading local townspeople to give them food. It is usually told as a lesson in cooperation and sharing. The story was the basis for the 1947 book by Marcia Brown, which featured soldiers tricking miserly villagers into cooking them a feast. The book won a Caldecott Medal in 1947.

Children's Village teachers played different parts and acted out the story while the students added ingredients to the soup. The activity for the younger children was based around the similarly-themed book Group Soup by Barbara Brenner. Teachers acted out that story as the little ones added veggies to the pot.

Kindergartners also made heart-shaped biscuits. The soup was packaged in single-serving containers and donated to the Doylestown Food Bank. Along with the soup, families brought non-perishable items to add to the donation. In all, Children's Village donated 325 pounds of food to the pantry.

Children’s Village school librarian Anne Madara first tried the activity last year. It was so popular she decided to do it again. "The kids look forward to it and the staff really enjoys it," said Anne. "It's a great way to chase away the winter blahs."

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