CORALVILLE, Iowa - Kids from Love-A-Lot Preschool in Coralville spent the morning buying toys at Coral Ridge Mall, but not for themselves.
They’re for other kids at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
The preschool organizes a community service project every year and this year, the kids created mini iPad movies that they starred in. They sold these movies to families and raised nearly $400. The money went straight to buying the toys.
Teachers say it’s important for kids to learn at an early age about helping others.
“The kids had a lot of fun,” preschool teacher Krystle Davis says. “We had a talk before we came about how these toys were not going back to school with them and they were not going to be toys they’re taking home, but they got really excited when they found out there could be a sick or hurt little kid they could be helping.”
Davis says the project was both an academic experience and social experience for the kids. Not only did they get to work with technology, but they also get to reach out to the community.
Love-A-Lot Preschool teachers will take these toys to the hospital soon.
They hope to keep students in touch with the patients so they know how the toys are helping them.