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11  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Teaching Kids!! on: August 28, 2006 06:00:23 AM
This summer, my sister and I got together and decided to teach the kids in our rural community how to embroider. We advertised basic beginner embroidery classes for Wednesdays during the summer, and ended up with 26 kids between 9 and 14 signing up. We only required a $5 fee for supplies for the summer - if there were any kids who couldn't afford that, we waived it.

Our idea was this: one reason a lot of kids today get into trouble is because they don't have enough to do to occupy themselves. It seems a lot of kids who are at loose ends don't have hobbies, and consider the television as the only remedy to "what is there to do?" Either that, or they're out and about without guidance and direction.

So we thought it would be nice to give the kids in our area a chance to learn some kind of hobby. At first, we thought about a general "crafting" class for the summer, but if we got too diverse, the cost went up accordingly. So we stuck with embroidery, since we both had a good stash we could use, and so the cost was lower.

WOW. It was a such a success!! The kids clamored to continue it on Saturdays during the school year! They love it. And halfway through the summer we started getting heaps of phone calls from moms who wanted to put their kids in. So it was quite a success. They had so much fun - and, despite the sky-rocketing heat - so did we!

So here's a charitable idea: what are you good at? Teach it to kids and give them a hobby! Even if it's just a few classes spread over a few weeks - or, like we did, 12 classes spread over almost three months. You'll be glad you did it, and glad you contributed to the life of a kid!
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