As a fifth grade teacher, we have started a grade level program called, "Community Outreach." The purpose of the program is to find ways to give back to our community with little to no cost involved. By doing this, we come to understand that giving does not always have to be associated with a dollar amount and we do not always have to receive in return. Each month, we reach out in different ways. For example: September we painted bowls for the CVA's, "Wausau Area Empty Bowls." In October, we collect and deliver needed items to the Humane Society. In December, we collect, deliver and serve a meal to our local homeless. In January, we collect items needed for an unexpected stay at the Women's Community. We go caroling to nursing homes, weed our own school's garden, send cards to soldiers and the list goes on. We are not just reaching out to people when it is convenient for us, but rather as a monthly curriculum add on. One outreach we wish we could do unfortunately does cost money. We would love to make fleece tie blankets for babies who would be born at local hospitals. However, we realize that the fleece costs money and does not come free. We think about the number of families and babies we would be touching by sending them home with some warm, TLC. We think it would be the perfect addition to the already hand knit hats many babies already receive from our local hospitals. It is our hope that WAOW can help us "reach" our goal of wanting to provide an additional outreach to the community that we would otherwise not be able to do. Thank You for your consideration.