Elementary School Philippines

Pay It Forward

Objectives for Elementary School Students

  • Raise awareness about income inequality between developed and developing countries.
  • Show how activism and fundraising can help conditions for children in the Philippines.
  • Engage students in a collaborative project, donating their time or effort to raise funds for Smile Train.
  • Illustrate the power of networks and make projections about potential results.

Materials: Crayon sets, fake coins/tokens, online access

Build Background

(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)

Discuss the importance of helping others. Ask students to provide examples of when they helped someone or someone helped them, and how they felt. Explain what cleft lip/palate is, and show students the video Our Model. Introduce the concept of income differences between different parts of the world, and ask them how much food they think their families could buy with $2.00.

Make Connections

(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)

Share basic information about the Philippines. Show where the country is located, and explain that many families live on just $2.00 a day, and can't get health care. To illustrate, divide the class in two groups, and ask them to draw and color smiling children under a rainbow. Provide each group an incomplete set of crayons and some fake coins/tokens. In order to draw a complete rainbow, students must use the coins to buy the missing crayons from each other. All students must work together to pool the coins and crayons to make sure that everybody can finish his or her drawing.

Class Project

(Duration: 2 hrs.)

Explain that students can help children far away in the Philippines by providing funds for children to receive the cleft surgery they desperately need. Prepare an exhibit at the school of all of the drawings for teachers and parents to see. Have students write messages asking their family and friends to make a donation and help children in the Philippines smile for the first time. The teacher will create a fundraising page for Smile Train, and track donations until the end of the school year.