I am still trying to settle my nerves over the fact that my child's second grade class is decorating cookies for their Valentine’s Day schoolroom activity. Every time I think about it I get frustrated because, rather than looking forward to spending time with my kids at school, I will be out running around getting supplies so that my son with food allergies has a safe Valentine cookie to decorate. I don't mind providing safe items for my kiddo and I love cooking for them. But, as stated in my earlier article, I am upset that in second grade the kids are being asked to decorate cookies as a Valentine’s Day craft. I also don't want to waste money on cookie decorations, like sprinkles, gross icing, and other condiments that most often are expensive and unhealthy. Surely there must be better choices for projects. Here’s a great one!
My point in this article as a food allergy Mom, is to offer another option for a Valentine’s Day school project. The idea immediately caught my attention this morning as I was listening to the Today Show. Million hearts for Newtown! Valentine's Day marks the two-month anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy. Send your love and support to the community today. SHARE a valentine, make the Sandy Hook Promise, and help us send #1MillionHearts to Newtown.
About Sandy Hook Promise:
Sandy Hook Promise is the nonprofit organization created by members of the Newtown community in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. Our mission is to support the families of the victims, the survivors, first responders, the teachers and staff of the school, and our entire community of Newtown by providing financial and service support and assistance whenever possible, and for as long as it takes for each individual to heal.
We are committed to making Newtown be remembered as the place where we came together, both as a community and as a nation, and decided that we must do everything we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening again. Join us. Help us secure real change.
Valentines for Soldiers is another great event that would help teach your child about compassion and helps to bring a smile to the people that help keep us safe. Although Valentines for Soldiers is a Houston based event, there are several ways to contribute. Motivated or inspired? Start a similar project in your area. Suggest to your child's teacher that students create Valentine's for our soldiers.
Valentine's Day can be a fun filled event with lots of love and creativity without food! I hope that his article helps to motivate and inspire you.