Kindergarteners from the Mary Castle Early Learning Center sell pretzels to help the homeless.

Kindergartners from the Mary Castle Early Learning Center sell pretzels to help the homeless.

Last month, the students in Ms. Scibienski’s Kindergarten class at Mary Castle Early Learning Center were learning about homelessness in their community.  They got a special visit from Julia Sipes of The Salvation Army’s Women and Children’s Shelter who told them what The Salvation Army was doing to help homeless children in Indianapolis.(http://salvationarmyindiana.org/2009/never-too-young/).  The kids were very interested in the homeless shelter and they began to collect pennies, nickles, and dimes for the shelter in a special collection box that Julia had left for them.

At the same time, the kids were also learning about running a business and they decided they wanted to have a pretzel store for a couple of days at their school.  They also decided that this could be another way to raise money for The Salvation Army.  “Homeless people don’t have things and The Salvation Army helps them,” said one of the students.

Today, the students set up their store and sold their pretzels.  They also collected donations for The Salvation Army’s Homelessness Bites program.  Homelessness Bites is The Salvation Army’s initiative to end homelessness in Indianapolis.  More than 1,300 children in Marion County are homeless each year and The Salvation Army’s Women and Children’s Shelter is meeting their needs.

You can see photos of the students pretzel store here.

You can also join us for Eat Outside the Box, a special outdoor event on May 14 to benefit our Homelessness Bites program.  For more information, visit HomelessnessBites.org/events or call Crissy Testa at 317-224-1017.