Our Buttons for Change™ mission is to be a super conduit of funds for both humanity and the animal kingdom, helping to raise awareness and much needed funds for their special causes. Our goal is to assist schools and non-profit organizations to become self-sustaining so they can reach their goals more quickly and easily, with a bit of style. With our determination and your generosity, we are changing the world, one button at a time.
Just last December we were able to make the holidays merry and bright for multiple groups with our button making kit giveaway and one of our favorites among them is ERBA Head Start. Head Start is a Child Development Program which provides comprehensive educational and health services to preschool children (3-5 years old) of primarily low-income families. At least 10% of the children served have a disability. Now these precious children know the joy of creating their own little treasures thanks to you!
Through the Buttons for Change program, ERBA was given a complete button making kit of their choice and they couldn't wait to put it to use! For Valentine's Day the kids made thumbprint heart buttons for their moms and dads. Heather Kingery of ERBA tells ABM, "The kids were really excited to see what they could make, and were excited to help! We helped the children make thumbprints using pink and red ink pads to make a heart on a button. They really liked helping an adult pull the lever to make the button. The students gave the buttons to their parents as a Valentine's gift."
As much fun as it was, they didn't stop with Valentine's Day! The kids have gone on to many other projects including their most recent "Give Me Five" lesson. They made buttons to enforce the discipline policy of "Eyes are watching, Mouth is quiet, Ears are listening, Hands to ourselves, and Heart is caring". At the end of the lesson, they had a beautiful, one of a kind work of art that can remind them of those values always.
Heather says, "Thanks so much!! I have some great ideas in the works for next year and I also plan to let other ERBA Head Start classrooms use the button machine!"
This is just the first in our follow up series about our December Buttons for Change giveaway highlighting your amazing donations in action! The look on those beautiful faces make it all worthwhile and we appreciate every person who added a dollar or two to their order to make them possible. From all of Team ABM and these amazing kids, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Join us today in The Pinback Button Making Community to learn all about the latest happenings at ABM, get tips, tricks and coupons as well as enter exclusive contest. We hope to see you there soon but until then...happy button making!
By Brighid Brown, Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM
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