We’re so excited about all the brand new missions initiated at Linder Elementary!
In Agent Carrizalez’ class, the “Peace to the World” team plans on creating a group letter to end gun violence that they hope to mail to lawmakers. There’s also a group of new agents hoping to march to end hunger and poverty.
In Agent Aguilar’s class, one team wants to write letters, start a petition, and march to end the deportation of loved ones. Another team wants to create a fundraiser to help cure diseases like cancer and asthma.
In Agent Muneer’s class, there’s a team of new agents eager to help stop animal abuse by creating a club that will pass out flyers and maybe even create a website. There’s also a team hoping to boycott gasoline and use other forms of transportation as a form of protest against high gas prices.
Good luck on your missions, agents!
Welcome, Agents of Brentwood Elementary!
In Agent Thomas’ class, the agents have decided to help stop pollution by making signs and announcements to spread their message; another group is excited to help end world hunger through a food drive.
In Agent Shirey’s class, one group of agents wants to help stop animal abuse by starting a boycott of companies who do product testing on animals; they plan to research what companies do this first, and then make posters and signs to spread the word of the boycott. Another group wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s public statements. They’ll begin by pledging to make their own school welcome to everyone as part of the No Place for Hate wall and presentation, and will make posters and signs as well.
In Agent Olivares’ class, the agents want to do a fundraiser to help end poverty. They plan to research organizations who help with this cause, and are hoping to find adult sponsors and corporate sponsors to help them. Another group also wants to speak out against the racism and intolerance they’ve identified in Donald Trump’s campaign, and they started working on posters and signs.
Welcome, Agents of Pioneer Crossing!
In Agent Manor’s Class:
The Racism Team is going to do more research, and talked about the possibility of a rally. They’d also like to ask law enforcement to conduct racial equality trainings for police officers.
The Terrorism Team would like to write letters to President Obama and Greg Abbott to accept Syrian refugees into the country, and to encourage peace talks in the Middle East.
The Animal Cruelty Team is starting a club at their school to promote animal safety and habitat conservation.
The Human Malice Team wrote letters to President Obama urging him to promote peace and to stop gun violence. They are excited to spread the message of harmony to their community.
In Agent Chafin’s Class:
The Homelessness Team is working with Ms. Carter to prepare weekly announcements promoting empathy and giving.
The Kids in Trouble at School Team is preparing speeches to make on the announcements encouraging their peers to help each other do well in school.
We had a great time learning more about the Courage in Action missions in progress since we completed our agent training at Becker Elementary!
The Drug Abuse team is planning to create a mural on community property to promote positivity, healthy choices, and the arts.
The Poverty team is crafting a message to send to corporate sponsors to collect resources for homeless shelters.
Good luck, Agents! Let us know how it goes! We’re always happy to help spread the word about your missions!
There are so many ambitious missions underway at Rodriguez Elementary!
Agent O’Keefe’s class is taking action to support immigrant communities in a number of ways. One group wants to end immigrant detention, and they plan to write letters to women on hunger strike in a detention center nearby, and also to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking them to stop detaining immigrants. Another group of new agents in Agent O’Keefe’s class is making plans to fight against racism against immigrants among politicians.
In Agent Severino’s class, one group of agents is going to join forces with the leadership of Rodriguez Elementary, since they’re already collecting donations of food, hygiene items, clothes, and more for those who were affected by the recent floods. The students will help try to boost those donations. Another group focused on fighting hunger learned from their teacher that the school also has a food pantry where families can come weekly if they need assistance. Since the agents weren’t aware of it, they thought other students might not be either. So, they’re making posters and a statement during morning announcements to let people know it’s available. The idea of a food drive was new to them, and they talked about running a food drive for the school’s food pantry.
We can’t wait to learn more about your missions, Agents of Presidential Meadows Elementary!
Agent Perez’s class is tackling pollution and deforestation; Agent Garvey’s class is taking on homelessness and racism; and Agent Herbst’s class is working hard to stop world hunger and animal abuse.
Agent 89 had a wonderful visit to the Agents at Mathews Elementary!
The Mathews Agents also recorded some words of encouragement for all Agents out there who may be struggling to keep going on their missions! Listen here!
Check out these kid-friendly volunteer opportunities!
Check here for the latest and greatest news on ways for kids to take action in central Texas: http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Austin Pets Alive Book Buddies Program: (1st grade and up) Read to kitties! Create a social environment in the Feline Leukemia Cat Sanctuary; program is designed to promote youth awareness of the shelter environment and the No-Kill movement through reading. Children able to read at any level may come with an adult to read to cats! http://www.austinpetsalive.org/get-involved/volunteer/
- Children and parents help with varying projects through Little Helping Hands, including assembling adoption packets, decorating “Adopt Me!” bandanas for dogs, creating rice sock heating pads, making cards for donors. http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Austin Dog Alliance Pet Therapy Helpers (under 13 yrs) Play with dogs to help socialize them do they can help provide therapy for others! http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- ARCH – Cook dinner for residents! Prepare or serve meals for people in need of food and shelter. No info available online for volunteer opportunities for children http://www.frontsteps.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunties/
- Caritas – (3 yrs +) Help support individuals and families experiencing poverty by assembling, preparing meals! See http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- El Buen Samaritano Pantry Helper, Hope Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels & More PALS (ages 4-6) help sort, package, and label dog and cat food. http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Habitat for Humanity – Help create a home for families in need! Children under 15 are not allowed on active construction sites, but can landscape, paint, or help with lunch sponsorship. http://www.austinhabitat.org/youth-volunteer-policy
- TreeFolks planting activity, Mayfield Park & Preserve Work Days, Community garden work days, Keep Austin Beautiful Tool Painting, SFC garden work day, etc. http://www.keepaustinbeautiful.org/volunteer_opportunities_registration http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/, http://www.treefolks.org/volunteer-opportunities/
- Participate in a rally or march for environmental justice!
- Take part in your school’s Bright Green Future projects! City of Austin Office of Sustainability offered grant money to 24 Austin schools to participate in the Bright Green Future initiative http://www.austintexas.gov/news/grant-funding-awarded-local-k-12-schools-sustainability-projects
- World Wildlife Foundation
- Sign up for Earth Hour! Pledge to turn off your lights for one hour.
- BULLYING – for schools that are participating in the No Place for Hate Program, children can join the NPFH club and attend meetings, brainstorm events and activities that encourage a bully-free environment. This program depends on administrative initiative to take on the program. http://www.cvent.com/events/2014-2015-no-place-for-hate-austin/custom-18-2e1d095f89cc409d8b209ffd33210839.aspx
- CHILD ABUSE
- Prevent Child Abuse Texas- Prevent child abuse with public awareness! Distribute literature to public sites and community events. http://www.preventchildabusetexas.org/volunteers.html
- Austin Child Guidance Center – (no specific info about child volunteer opportunities) Help create safe space for families in need of therapeutic healing and transform the Children’s Healing Garden! http://www.austinchildguidance.org/you-can-help-2/volunteer/
- CANCER/ CHRONIC ILLNESS
- Dell Children’s Hospital:Decorating Activity – help make decorations to hang in the emergency room! http://littlehelpinghands.org/volunteer/volunteer-calendar/
- Woody Pet Therapy Volunteer Program: Brighten someone’s day, bring your dog for a visit!