Monday, February 28, 2022

AEC joins PenPal Schools

For the first time, Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX, joined PenPal Schools this month to interact with other schools in the world on curricular activities that support global sustainable development goals. The first activity students from the Alternative Education Center participated in was Financial Literacy and Money Management. AEC students interacted with other students from all over the world as they completed the following assignments: Meet PenPals!, Earning Money, Spending Money, Saving Money, Borrowing Money, Reflection, and Project. As their culminating activity, students wrote an essay, discussing how the activity helped meet the global goal of sustainable cities and communities. 

PenPal Schools connects students from different countries to make friends and discover the world. Students interact with PenPals from various countries to read, write, collaborate, and create original projects on topics that are relevant to them and the world. All PenPal Schools topics can be integrated into core classroom lessons and utilized to promote the global sustainable development goals.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

AEC donates used clothes, grocery items to Philippines

Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX donated a box of used clothes and grocery items to a village in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Odette (known internationally as Typhoon Rai) that hit the country on December 12-22, 2021, with 410 total fatalities and 80 people missing according to international news.

Principal Adam Portillo volunteered to donate bags of used but decent clothes and shoes. IJWC adviser bought some grocery items and paid for the shipping fee. The package was sent to the Philippines through a cargo shipping service early this month, which may be delivered to the recipients a little late due to COVID. 

No poverty is the leading global sustainable development goal. Sharing blessings especially with poor countries like in Asia is one of the many ways we can help meet this global goal. By modeling it, students will see and apply the value of the noble and humanitarian gesture of sharing. Blessings to be shared do not need to be material or expensive as long as they come from the heart, wrapped with good intentions.