Maniac Monday: Cool Halloween Candy Idea
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I heard the coolest idea on the news this morning. There’s this dentist in East Central Illinois (where I live) who is offering kids $1.00 for every pound of Halloween candy they bring in to him for a two-hour time span a couple days this week. I think this is such a great idea for health reasons: for the kids’ bodies, their teeth, and their stomachs; but especially to help Mom and Dad from eating all the candy the kids don’t like, right?
But this dentist doesn’t stop there–he is also giving $1.00 to the Crisis Nursery in Urbana, IL for every pound of candy the kids bring in. Oh, and all that candy doesn’t go to waste. This is even a better idea yet–he sends it to the U.S. soldiers in Iraq!
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So, what does this have to do with you if you are a parent, teacher, or librarian living nowhere near East Central IL? Well, on this Maniac Monday, my brain started spinning, and I just thought this would be a cool idea to pass on. You could make this work in your classroom, school, or home so easily. Here are a few ideas:
1. Box up your candy and send it to a U.S. soldier. Operation Gratitude has information on how to send care packages. (This is a great idea for any children who have allergies but go trick-or-treating anyway just for fun. They can send their candy overseas and save parents from gaining extra pounds.
2. Ask students to bring in their candy they have left and weigh it. (Math lesson, anyone?) Ask students to bring in a non-perishable food item for every pound of candy they have. Donate the food to a local food pantry.
3. If you have money to spend, then you can do an idea like the dentist above. If you need some charities to send money to, you can find plenty on this page on this blog: Helping Children and Teens Around the World.
Here’s a book, Harriet’s Halloween Candy, about Halloween candy. This book can give you a chance to open up a discussion, without preaching, with your child or your class about sharing Halloween candy and eating too much of it! When I taught full time, I remember one third grader, who enjoyed too much candy the night of Halloween. She threw up all over the computer keyboard in the back of my room on November 1. Oh the joys of teaching the day after Halloween!
Does this dentist’s idea give anyone else any ideas? What have you done with your leftover candy in the past? Let us know! Save us all from the beginning of the holiday-eating season and help some children in return.