Akron preschoolers helped sort clothing for the Salvation Army. (Source: WOIO)
The Shaw Jewish Community Center emphasizes Jewish morals. (Source: WOIO)
Once again, Romona's Kids has proven you're never too young to make a difference in the world. (Source: WOIO)
AKRON, OH (WOIO) -
Some local children are learning that you're never too young to make a difference in the world. Preschoolers at the Shaw Jewish Community Center in Akron recently sorted clothing for the Salvation Army, where a water main break damaged clothing and food supplies.
"At our school, we have the belief that it's our obligation to repair the world. It's a Jewish value. It's called 'Tikkun Olam.' So we believe that the children are going to inherit a world with a lot of challenges and we want them to believe that they're competent and capable of dealing with those challenges," explains Kathy Klein, early childhood director at Shaw JCC.
Every day for a week, the children brought in bags of gently-used and new clothes and coats from home.
The school focuses on one good deed, or mitzvah, a month.
"We want children to believe that they're capable and empowered to do good deeds and go out in the community and bring that spirit forth," says Klein.
So far this year, the kids have walked for Alzheimer's and also had a bake sale to support a pool renovation.