Howell HS cadet teachers help kids write to Santa, raising money for Make-A-Wish

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A letter-writing lesson taught by students in Howell High School’s Exploring Education Careers program helped raise over $2,400 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Over the last three weeks, the high school cadets visited over 40 classrooms in the district’s elementary buildings to teach a short lesson on letter writing. Then the cadets helped each child write a letter to Santa, explaining why they should be on his nice list. The letters were “mailed” at Macy’s as part of the Macy’s Believe Campaign. For each letter written, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year the cadets mailed 1,119 letters on National Believe Day, on which Macy’s donates $2 for each letter received. The total raised by Howell students for Make-A-Wish this year was $2,443.

“I am very proud of my high school students for once again undertaking this project. Watching my students interact with the younger students has been incredible,” said Ms. Cathy Hengesbaugh, Exploring Education Careers instructor. “In class, my students learn about classroom management, learning theories and teaching strategies. This project allows the students to put those techniques and theories into action in the elementary classroom. On top of that, we are supporting a wonderful organization that supports children battling life-threatening illnesses. Their wish brings the child and their family hope, strength and joy!”

The Howell High School Exploring Education Careers program is a yearlong activity-based curriculum for high school juniors and seniors designed to promote a better understanding and create interest in those students who may consider teaching as a profession. It is an honors program that details many components of the education environment and involves students in content, application, observations and teaching in preschool, elementary, middle school and high school settings. During the second semester, students have an opportunity to be placed in a classroom in the community for at least 30 hours.

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