A sample of the art work made by students at Greenfield Community School in Dubai. The students organised an "art attack" with a variety of drawings and paintings to help raise money for the Dubai Cares charity. Image Credit:

I’m in grade 3 at the Greenfield Community School and our grade took action for migrant children, who face hardships and difficulties. When Dubai Cares, the organisation that provides charity in over 28 countries along with education, trained teachers, health, food and water wells, approached the school, we thought it would be a great idea to help them by donating money.

We as a class started thinking about the different ways that we could encourage people to contribute. We brainstormed ideas and came up with five possibilities: a walkathon, an art display, sports and races, selling handmade bookmarks or a swim-a-thon. We conducted a survey to see what children of all sections of Grade 3 would prefer the most.

Our homeroom teacher chose a few students to be the experts, who then proceeded to hold a meeting with the Primary Years Programme Coordinator Althea Edmondson. After discussing the plans with her, they agreed that it would be a good idea to have an “art attack”. With this plan, students from kindergarten up to grade 2 would be asked to draw or paint pictures that illustrate profile-building skills. The art work all helped explain the ideas of caring for others, being a risk taker and exploring new things, and developing basic principles. Meanwhile, the students in grades 3, 4, and 5 organised a the walkathon.

Children interested in participating in any of the activities had to make a small donation. We collected over Dh8,500 and lots of great art work. Children had a lot of fun during the walkathon and art attack. At the same time, we were able to help make a small difference to the needy children around the world. All in all, it was a great success and gave us a great feeling to help Dubai Cares, who would bring smiles to sad children.

This reader is a grade 3 student in Dubai.

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