Kids helping kids: Trick-or-treat for UNICEF enters its 63rd year

2013-09-10T00:00:00Z 2013-09-16T15:24:08Z Kids helping kids: Trick-or-treat for UNICEF enters its 63rd yearJane Ammeson nwitimes.com
September 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Trick or treat for Nora Glenn meant carrying a bag for candy and a box to collect donations for UNICEF as she went house to house in her Miller Beach neighborhood.

“A few decades later, when my daughter Maggie was a student at the Charter School of the Dunes, and I was a Girl Scout leader, her scout troop did the same thing,” said Glenn who still lives in Miller Beach.

For Maggie Glenn Mooers, now a freshman at Columbia University, trick or treating for UNICEF didn’t end when she gave up collecting candy on Halloween. A member of the National Honor Society at what was then Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts, Mooers helped organized a UNICEF trick or treat as part of the Honor Society’s community activities when she was a high school junior.

Since it began in 1950, this annual tradition of kids helping kids by collecting donations has raised over $170 million dollars for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Now, with the start of the 63rd Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Campaign, a school challenge component has been added says Susannah Masur, spokesperson for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF:

“This year we wanted to get even more schools involved in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and we thought the School Challenge would be a fun way to encourage participation and help spread the word about the campaign,” said Masur. “We also wanted to support teachers in their efforts to promote global citizenship in the classroom by giving them the chance to see first-hand the impact their students can make on the lives of children all around the world.”

The campaign is designed to encourage educators from grades Kindergarten to 6th to document how their students are helping kids across the globe as a part of the new two month challenge. UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children's lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, one of the longest-running youth volunteer initiatives in America, helps students learn more about their peers in other countries. To aid educators, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has developed a series of lesson plans centered on this year’s them which is malnutrition and hunger, the cause of more than a third of all child deaths in developing countries.

According to Masur, from August through October of this year, teachers are asked to document how students are helping kids across the globe through the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign and then submit their entries online beginning Nov. 1, 2013 to Jan. 31, 2014. Submissions are evaluated by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced in spring 2014. Five Grand-Prize Winners will be selected to travel on a UNICEF field visit to a location that will be announced later this year. The Grand-Prize winners win the opportunity to travel abroad to see UNICEF's programs in action or win grants to be used in the classroom. Grand prize winner will also receive $1,000 cash grants for their classroom. 10 secondary winners will each be awarded the cash grant award while the 50 Merit Winners will receive a Cricut® Expression Teacher's Bundle for their classroom.

HSN, Inc, an interactive multichannel retailer with such lifestyle brands as HSN, Grandinroad and Chasing Fireflies, is donating 10 percent of the purchase price for each item sold from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 in their Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store. Product prices range from $7.95 to $300 and include "I Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" tote bags, Deborah Lippmann's "I Put A Spell On You" Mini Nail Lacquer Sets, a collection of Halloween-themed jewelry by designer Heidi Daus, outdoor flameless candle sets and more, including a specially-designed item by renowned interior designer Vern Yip. Also, customers can add a donation to any purchase made online or by phone.

Glenn says that she enjoyed collecting money for UNICEF as an elementary school student and also having her scout troop do so as well.

“It really introduces kids to what’s going on with other children in the world,” she says, “and let’s them help make their lives better.”

To sign up or to learn more visit trickortreatforunicef.org; for HSN Trick or Treat Store, hsn.com/unicef

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