Early Childhood Education Students Plan Wee-Cycle 2014

By | August 22, 2019


-Oh, wow.
-This I definitely– Wee-Cycling is a not-for-profit
organization in the Midwest that takes a classic
hand-me-down system of recycling baby
clothes and toys, and opens it up to
the community at large. In support of this concept,
students at Ulster BOCES Career and Technical
Center’s Early Childhood Education program
decided to host their own first ever Wee-Cycling event. Children outgrow their
clothing every couple months, so you’re constantly having
to replace that clothing that that child has outgrown. Students first put out the call
to students, staff, and friends for gently-used baby
clothes, toys, and gear. The idea was to offer a
free swap of everything that was collected as a way
to help families in need. According to students, the
response was overwhelming. We received like a
few garbage bag full, and a lot of boxes, and it’s– there’s quite a lot, a
lot more than I expected. Childcare Center Coordinator
Kristi Cusa said she knows from experience that if you
wanna host a successful clothing drive,
organization is key. And students were involved in
everything from the collection to the display of the clothes. They’re able to
look at them and say, “What size is this for? Is this toy appropriate
for a certain age child? Is the clothing for a
kindergarten age child or a newborn?” So they start to learn what
kind of toys and equipment are actually out there
for different age groups. After people brought them in,
we washed them, we dried them, and we sorted them into
different size boxes. Cusa says another
benefit of this event was the going-green aspect. She said according
to statistics, every person throws away
approximately 60 pounds of used, outdated, or
outgrown clothes each year. It brings forward the
concept of the fact that we as a society need
to start to look at what are we doing with our
children’s outgrown clothing and toys, and why is it
that so much of this is ending up at the landfill? A lot of people, you know,
maybe they don’t have the money, or the time to go
shopping for new clothing, and also, it helps
limit the amount that we consume
when we go shopping. The lesson learned here
is that community service is vital to the
childcare industry. One of the things we’re
trying to teach them is whether they work in a
licensed childcare center such as the one we have here, or a licensed in-home daycare
program perhaps that they may open on their own, that
it’s important that they keep a pulse on what’s going
on in the community, and that they support
their families and the community that
those families live in. I thought it would be
an amazing experience, and I do a lot of volunteer
work outside of school. So it was a great way
to incorporate school with community service. ♪

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