How these 3rd-grade students are making a difference in West Africa

Karlynn Vis' class of inspiring students kids


These kids prove everyone can make an impact. 

As a mom of two young boys, I’m always eager to instill in my kids a sense of compassion for those facing challenges in life, whether it’s people in our own city or on the other side of the world. I want them to look beyond their own lives and be generous with the blessings they’ve received.

So that’s why I’m excited to tell you about a group of exceptional third-graders who have turned their compassion into action!

Drawings students made for people in West Africa

Drawings the third graders made for the WAVS students they sponsored. 

Here are three steps they are taking to make a difference.

1. Learning about the world around them and the power of generosity

Their teacher, Karlynn Vis, has always had a heart for global causes. When she discovered that she could help a young dad or mom in West Africa learn a new job skill so they can provide for their family, she saw the perfect opportunity to help her students develop a global perspective and show them the power of generosity.

She and her third-graders at their school in Washington State decided to join as members of the One Student community.

Karlynn downloaded a WAVS children’s activity pack to help her students learn more about Guinea-Bissau. The students were surprised to learn that most people there live on less than $2 a day.

2. Giving back to help others

Inspired to make a difference, these young hearts pledged to each raise $1 per month to sponsor a student at a WAVS vocational school. The goal was for it to be their own money, not simply money from their parents. Together, they decorated a special container to collect their contributions. One student even brought in $100 of her own money the first month!

Karlynn's class One Student collection jar tumbler

Each month, Karlynn’s students bring in donations to sponsor a WAVS student.

3. Connecting with and praying for the students in West Africa

Karlynn also wanted her students to connect with those they were helping. So she shared pictures and bios of WAVS students and displayed them in the classroom. Her third-graders not only raise money to support their sponsored students, but they also pray for them and even made drawings for them!

I invite you to come alongside these compassionate young world-changers and join the One Student community. By sponsoring a student, you can help create a world where everyone has the opportunity to work for a brighter future!


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