Ethan Kanderski was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes or T1D) in February. When he shared with his classmates that he was participating in the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk to Cure Diabetes, his classmates developed an action plan and spent hours making beaded shoe charms and posters.
The second grade class made daily school announcements and worked until they sold nearly 350 shoe charms, raising $168 for JDRF. Ethan participated in the walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Sept. 28.
The students’ initiative demonstrated the “Action Cycle” component of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, implemented at all four of Westlake’s elementary schools. Children are encouraged to choose, act and reflect, and then make new choices, actions and reflections. In this case, the students made a choice to help their classmate, created a plan of action and carried it out. Along the way they reflected and made adjustments to their plan.
You can learn more about Ethan on his team page at http://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR/Walk/Chapter-NortheastOhio4496?team_id=155622&pg=team&fr_id=3985.