JDRF’s Kids Walk Program offers the opportunity to educate, teach empathy and empower our school communities. JDRF’s Kids Walk program provides schools with a meaningful way to involve students in a philanthropic effort that emphasizes these “three E’s.” Here’s how:
Educate: JDRF’s Kids Walk program is all about educating students. Through our educational assemblies, students learn about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and they are encouraged to share what they’ve learned with everyone at home.
Empathize: Learning about the daily challenges faced by people living with T1D teaches students to empathize. It creates an atmosphere of positive character building and community service in your school.
Empower: the JDRF Kids Walk program empowers even the youngest child to make a difference in the lives of those in their immediate community as well as the larger community.
Aileen, a 3rd grader at Fishkill Elementary School, summed up what she learned through JDRF’s Kids Walk program in this letter to her teacher:
‘You may think it is scary, but I do not think diabetes is scary. A lot of people are afraid of diabetes. Well, there are 2 types of diabetes. Sadly, scientists have no cure for diabetes. Type one diabetes is when your pancreas stops working for good. It quits. But in type 2, your pancreas needs help to give you insulin. Scientists are trying to make a bionic pancreas, so people with diabetes almost have a cure.’
Help educate your school and its students. Get a Kids Walk started at your school today! Check it out online at kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact your Kids Walk Coordinator, Jean Marie Trick, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 914-606-0513.
Engaging students in service efforts that impact the everyday lives of others is a worthy initiative.