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2013 Convention News
Seattle, February 12–15

Children's Fund Seeks Volunteers for Service Project

By Mark D. Roth

Each year, the NASP Children's Fund Board Trustees and NASP volunteers participate in a community service project in the city that hosts the annual convention. This year's project will be with the Daybreak Star Native American Cultural Center and Preschool, Seattle, on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on their Community Volunteer Day.

Participants will be working on two projects. The first, an outside gardening project, will have volunteers building four raised beds and one compost bin, the designs for which will depend on the volunteers' creative visions that are consistent with the Native Gardening Curriculum and the height of the average preschooler in the program. Volunteers should come prepared for this hands-on outdoor (dirty) activity.

For the second project, the indoor sewing circles, volunteers will be asked to beautify the students' classrooms by sewing simple tablecloths, costumes, baby doll clothes, and blankets. Volunteers also will work on end-of-year celebration vests and shawls. Native American designs will be used to create one-of-a-kind ceremonial clothing. Volunteers will be asked to use their expertise in talking about early childhood best practices, school readiness goals, and parenting. Both experienced and novice creators are welcome to use their sewing, beading, and hot-glue-gun skills.

Convention participants can volunteer by signing up at the Children's Fund booth (#526) in the Exhibit Hall or by contacting Mark Roth at mroth118@hotmail.com.

Contributions To Hurricane Relief

The Children's Fund is taking contributions for hurricane relief through the web-site and the convention booth. Grants have been made available through the Basic Needs ($300) and Mental Health ($200) grant programs. In addition, a donation has been made to the American Red Cross from the Disaster Relief fund maintained by the Board of Trustees.

Mark D. Roth is the president of the NASP Children's Fund.