When the Kangaroo Kids Child Care and Learning Center in Branchburg reopened in July after childcare facilities across the state were temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, kindergarten and school summer campers went to work to try to have a positive impact on their community.
“What started as a simple art project quickly turned into a lesson in kindness, entrepreneurship and healing,” said kindergarten teacher Melissa Reilley-Grecco. She added, “The students started making paper flowers. We had all been affected in one way or another by COVID-19 and students began to discuss that people in the hospital might like to receive the flowers. The idea developed into a business plan to sell the flowers and donate the money to a local hospital. Students and teachers began to work together to make this plan a reality.
“The kids were amazing. On the first day, they waved and the staff immediately started supporting them. When sales started to drop, they asked me to talk about it on social media. Extended families and friends saw the post on our school’s social media and started placing orders. It was heartwarming to see these young children working together to help our community, ”said Reilley-Grecco.
The children raised $ 200 and decided to donate to two organizations. A donation was made to the Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Emergency Relief Fund in honor of the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly during the height of the COVID19 pandemic. A second donation was made to the Somerset County Food Bank Network to help those affected during this time. “The kindness and resilience the children displayed was inspiring,” said Reilley-Grecco.