For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has served as a “Kids Helping Kids” campaign. Fourth grade students at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison recently learned about the realities that countless children in the developing world must endure every day as they struggle to survive in the face of disease, disasters and other hardships such as poor nutrition.
The classes were amazed to hear that only 25 cents provides 10 children with clean drinking water for a day, and only $50 can vaccinate 85 children against polio for life. In 2015 alone, 15 million of the world’s children received educational supplies from UNICEF. In Syria, by the end of 2016, UNICEF is on target to provide 4.6 million people with safe drinking water, 2.9 million polio vaccinations to children under 5 years old, and 4.2 million children with education programs.
The presentation motivated many of the fourth graders along with many of the fifth graders to volunteer to ask for UNICEF donations instead of candy as they were trick-or-treating for Halloween. The total collected from the classes was absolutely amazing - $1,100.75. The W-H students can be proud that they have made a lifesaving difference in the lives of many less fortunate children around the globe.