Sunday, February 5, 2012

Will Work for Bread and Smiles

Though it has been quite awhile since our last post, the H.O.P.E. Crew has continued on in their quest for inspiring themselves and others through service. In November the H.O.P.E. Crew celebrated the success of a school-wide canned food drive and led the entire TPA community in a convocation fostering gratitude. In December we had a clothing drive and we were able to donate a good amount of much-needed clothing to the people of Chinle.
Currently, in February, we are about to put our main focus into two areas: co-creating an all school multi-cultural event along with the P.O. ~ Born and Bread: We are ALL American, and adopting the organization, Operation Smile as our service project.
Born and Bread: We are ALL American will be a school-wide celebration replacing the Renaissance Faire as our fundraising event for the year. Born and Bread is a multi-cultural celebration that will include the sharing of bread (and other foods), visual art, music, dance, and games from many different cultures. We are excited to be part of this unique, first-time at TPA event, and thrilled that the P.O. agreed that this is a worthwhile endeavor. The evnt will probably take place at the end of April/beginning of May.
 "Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.As a children’s charity, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. At Operation Smile, we're more than a charity. More than an NGO. We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate." In our mission to be of service, the H.O.P.E. Crew aims to do what we can for an organization that, for one, helps children, and two, helps us promote tolerance, care, and respect for those who struggle both physically and socially.
The next four months are going to be busy, exciting times. We welcome all to join us on this grand adventure!