Halloween took on an entirely different meaning for many Washington Primary School students when the youngsters went trick-or-treating for UNICEF. The students raised $970 for the organization that has saved the lives of more children than any other humanitarian group.
“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy,” according to the organization’s website. “Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!’ They have raised more than $175 million for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.”
“The children that benefit from the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program live in countries where poverty or war or natural disaster make it difficult to get even the basics to survive,” Washington first grade dual language teacher Miriam Gonzalez-Engle said. “The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work and other efforts on behalf of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.”
Originally known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, the initiative was launched in 1946 to assist youngsters in World War II ravaged Europe, China and the Middle East. Seven years later, “UNICEF’s mandate was extended to address the needs of children in the developing world,” the organization’s website states. “At that time, the words ‘international’ and ‘emergency’ were dropped from the organization’s name, making it simply the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.”
“Our Washington family has raised more than $3,400 over the past four years to help support the work of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF,” said Mrs. Gonzalez-Engle, who has coordinated the school’s participation. “We are a caring and sharing community that not only helps families in need within our community, but also supports the important work of U.S. institutions like UNICEF that work on a global scale to help children like our students around the world.”