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Charity Begins in Charleton Elementary School

The Readin’, Writin’, and Rhymin’ School Tour made it’s traditional holiday stop at Charleton Elementary School in the Ballston Spa, NY area.  Keyboard under one arm, prizes from Hannaford Supermarkets under the other, I made my way into the classroom.  Mrs. Brooks, teacher extroardinaire, helped me in getting the excited 2nd graders to  parody a great Xmas song- “Frosty The Snowman”.  They wanted to tell our WGNA listeners how great they were at raising money.  And they DEFINITELY succeeded.  They all have to do chores at home, and they receive money for doing that.  If they bring money into the class, it goes into a big jar, and for their efforts, they get to have their name written on a paper snowball and displayed prominently in the school hallway.

Such a simple concept, but such a powerful message sent to kids.   Do you think this would have the same effect if it was implemented in your office?  Come on!  Tell me you wouldn’t want your name on a wall  by the vending machine or on your cubicle!  And think of how popular you will be with your significant other that you finally did something around the house?  And you get MONEY for it to boot!!     Hey, we can ALL learn something from these 2nd graders!  Ohh, and they can SING too!!!

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Thanks to Mrs Brooks and the school for having me in!

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