Schools using Tsunami Disaster as Teaching Moment

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Sacramento area schools are using the disaster to teach students about geography, science and philanthropy. Peter Burnett Elementary School librarian Mitch Stricker (STRICK-er) says they’ve raised a little more than 5-thousand dollars in donations for tsunami relief efforts. One of the ways kids were getting money was by doing extra chores at home. Some of them donated Tooth Fairy money or Christmas money or birthday money. He says teachers are turning the tsunami into a teaching moment. Definitely make sure that the kids understand this is a real thing, this is what caused it, so there’s a little bit of science, a little bit of history, a little bit of culture, it’s sort of a two-pronged approach: do the background, intellectual knowledge and then let’s go ahead and do something practical about it. Stricker says he’ll be turning in the school’s donations today to both World Vision and the American Red Cross. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.