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Tootin' Hills Elementary School - Take Action Club

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Tootin's Take Action Club Adopts a Village in Ecuador! Our team is raising funds to change the lives of children and families in Ecuador!


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The Tootin' Hills Take Action Club (TAC) is made up of 40+ public school students between 4th-6th grade who voluntarily come together before their school day to learn about social justice and issues related to local and global poverty. This club is supported by the school's volunteer parent teacher organization and Free the Children, an international non-profit and educational partner ( who works with over 4,000 schools in the U.S., the U.K. and in Canada.

TAC students are empathetic young change-makers, with a deep desire to make the world a better place. At a young age, they are working together and learning that when you help others in need, you grow personally and as a community in important and powerful ways. Students were recently featured on a Channel 3 "Cool Schools" segment:

This year alone, the TAC has supported campaigns to raise awareness and funds for a local homeless shelter in Hartford:, they've supported can drives benefiting Simsbury's food bank:, and recently sold Valentines cards to raise money for a village in Ecuador. In addition, the TAC has explored the topic of bully prevention and intervention and regularly reinforces the notion that random acts of kindness or a simple extended hand or smile are every day actions that make the world a better place.

The TAC's spring 2014 challenge is to raise funds to support a village in their chosen country: Ecuador. All of their efforts will be celebrated school wide in a culminating fundraiser and "We Day" event on May 9th from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Through Free the Children, TAC students have learned that 300,000+ children are living as child laborers in Ecuador and nearly 30% of the population lives below the poverty line. The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to thousands of indigenous people who have lived there for millennia. These extremely remote communities have become the most vulnerable group living in Latin America due to limited authority over agricultural land use, labor opportunities (particularly for women) and health care. Severe poverty, limited access to education and environmental conditions greatly affect the vitality of these communities. Additional information can be found here:

Students have already raised over $500 for their chosen village in Ecuador but they aspire to have an even greater impact through this fundraising effort. Help them learn the benefits of standing up for a cause, for taking action to make the world a better place, and the fact that they can impact the long term well-being of an impoverished community. All elements of the Adopt a Village model are designed to be owned and maintained by the community, and self-sustained within five years after project implementation is completed.

Thank you for reading and for supporting these great students!

Team Captain

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