Water for Good


As we ponder how much we have to be thankful for this holiday season, we also have the opportunity to give a year's supply of clean drinking water to people who would otherwise go without. Children's House is joining forces with "Water for Good"  www.forgoodco.com and Lifewater International (lifewater.org). 

In the foyer, beginning Monday, we have beautiful 1 liter glass bottles of delicious spring water for sale. With your purchase of $10.00, you can supply 5 people with water for an entire year.  (Usually for their cost of $7.50, it would supply one person with water, but because we are donating the marked up portion, your purchase will actually help not one, but 5 people!!) A bottle of this spring water would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Happy   Plastic water bottles for $3.00 and $1.00 are also available.

These bottles will be available here at least until Winter Break. If successful, we can carry them permanently. Please ask Korey or Dana to help you with the sale. 

Printed literature is also available in the foyer and can be included with each bottle. Here is their information:

For Good Company, (based in Arroyo Grande, CA), founders of "Water for Good", are committed to helping deliver justice and mercy to the disadvantaged people in our world. This is accomplished by donating money from the sales of our products to organizations who have a proven track of being honest, accountable and effective in what they do! In the case of our water, for every one liter sold, we will donate funds to Lifewater International (lifewater.org) who in turn will use that donation to provide clean drinking water for one person for one year! Think about that! As you enjoy a cool sip of water here in San Luis Obispo county, someone around the world WILL RECEIVE clean drinking water for 365 days!!! We are convinced that together, we can change the world one bottle at a time! Thanks for doing your part to help out.Saving lives never never tasted so good!

To "do more things for good," please visit us at: www.forgoodco.com or send us an email at: info@forgoodco.com

We hope you will join us in supporting this awesome project.



Jogging for must! charities

UPDATE: We raised over $6500.00 for must! charities, Real Food for Real Children!
Great job!

Top runners from each class, along with Korey, present a check to Becky Gray and Scott Hawley form must! charities.

Another successful Jog-A-Thon at Children’s House!
Students ran a total of 3,597 laps or 359.7 miles, to raise money for must! charities- Real Food for Real Children.
Parents, if you have not already done so, please help your child collect their donations from sponsors. If you need thank you receipts, you can download them here.
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joggers posing in front of play structure after the run

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Jog-A-Thon Donation Presented to North County Women's Shelter

Top runners from primary, kindergarten and lower elementary classrooms, along with Korey Dudley, Children’s House’ owner/director, presented a check for $6134.73 to Cathy Solkshinitz, from North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center. Students ran a total of 374 miles. We are so proud!
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Crane Folding Party


Storyteller, Zette Harbour visited Children’s House on Thursday, August 9. She taught all in attendance, how to fold an origami paper crane. All the cranes we made will be used in a 1,000 Crane Peace Sculpture. “This sculpture is intended to be the expression of many individuals’ desire for a world that manifests Peace, and to begin the conversation about what a Peace-full world looks like. The sculpture will be unveiled at the Peace Love Story Fest, in Cambria on Sept. 16, then featured at several public locations throughout the week of September 16 - 21, in preparation for the International Day of Peace. This will create an opportunity for dialogue about the nature of Peace and the need for a strong Peace Story for our world. The cranes will be folded by community members involving as many people as possible in the creation of the Peace sculpture. Your crane, your name, and, your manifest intention for Peace in your world can be a part of this exciting celebration.”




Children Present Jog-A-Thon Donation to ECHO

During our November Jog-A-Thon, Kindergarten and elementary students ran 2,730 laps and raised $3827.58!


This morning, just before students did their dress rehearsal for our winter performance, the top lap-runners presented the money to El Camino Homeless Organization representative, Terri Sherwin. Terri was amazed and thankful for the amount of money the children raised and told them they were special for helping those in need. We are so proud of our students!


Terri also explained to the children, the shelter had recently taken in some new families and they now had eleven children staying at the shelter. Many of them will probably be there for Christmas. Hopefully our donation will help in some small way. Remember, a donation to ECHO, of $5, provides three meals and a warm bed for a man, woman or child for one night.


Loaves & Fishes

Atascadero Loaves and Fishes is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization providing short-term emergency assistance to those in need in Atascadero, Santa Margarita, Creston and Templeton. They help families year-round, but during the holiday season the need is especially great.


Each year our Kindergartners buddy up with our Upper Elementary students and together they take a field trip to the Loaves & Fishes distribution center at the National Guard Armory, in Atascadero, where they help to sort food that is distributed to the families in need. Before the field trip, the students and teachers talk briefly about where the food comes from, who will eat the food, and why they might need it. This is just one way that we can help people in our community!


The children start out with their own special job: counting out 10 tea bags and putting them in a baggy.


They work at that for about an hour...


and then begin sorting from the BIG pile of food items which involves sorting cans of vegetables, fruit, boxes of cereal, jars of peanut butter, etc.


They work until they are “done” - tired, exhausted, bored or finished - whichever comes first!




Early Elementary Students Present $2449.00 to Atascadero Library

During the month of October, the early elementary students (grades 1, 2 and 3) participated in a classroom-wide Read-A-Thon. Children read every day, at home and at school, and their parents helped document the number of minutes they read. Each child asked family and/or friends to sponsor them, by making a monetary pledge for the minutes read, with all proceeds to benefit the Atascadero Library and the library expansion project. This was not a reading or fundraising competition, but a way for the children to become enthusiastic about reading while at the same time, helping to support their local library, a much loved resource. Our students raised a total of $2449.00!

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Today, the students visited the library for a special annual lesson with Miss Joan, the Youth Services librarian, to learn about picture book writing and drawing techniques. Joan knows better than anyone what it takes to make a picture book popular with young readers and her guidance is invaluable as the children begin to write their own picture books this month. Joan also invited Grenda Ernst, the Friends of the Atascadero Library, President, to meet with the students and accept the Read-A-Thon donation.

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The students were also given a tour of the new library. The building for the new library has already been purchased and is located at 6555 Capistrano Avenue. Friends of the Atascadero Library have raised two-thirds of the $1 million needed to fund the cost of construction on the interior of the building. If you would like to donate or learn more about the new library, visit Friends of the Atascadero Library.



Jogging for ECHO - Today at 1:30!

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Our jog-a-thon fundraiser is today from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. This year, kindergarten and elementary students will run to raise money for the El Camino Homeless Organization. In November 2010, the weather certainly did not dampen their spirits, as they ran in the soaking rain and slippery mud. Last year, jog-a-thon students ran a total of 3,375 laps! Since each lap is approximately 800 feet, more than 500 miles were pounded out that day, and the school donated more than $6,000 to a charity similar to ECHO.

ECHO was recently informed, they will have to move out of their current location by May 2012. A donation to ECHO, of $5, provides three meals and a warm bed for a man, woman or child for one night.

The Atascadero News gave us a Shout Out in Wednesday’s paper. See page A-7.