"Anjali", I said, "Do you want me to give you money or d you want to raise the money yourselves?"
"What do you mean?", she asked
"Well, you can think of ow you can raise money - by selling something you make, by teaching something, by performing in a ticketed concert... "
and then to make it more of a challenge, I added "I'll match you dollar for dollar the money you collect"
It was a wonderful planning experience for the girls. The idea slowly evolved, with me listening carefully, but stepping in only when things went logistically too out of the way.
The girls planned for two weeks, settling into a combination of craft workshops and performances, for which they chose the activities.
Here are some snippets from the day.
Sophia is working on demo scratch pads to so that she could show the children as they arrived.
Here is Anjali's welcome sign, nicely decorated on the chalkboard
It was nice to see other kids taking responsibilities. At some point, Nithil, who had been here since morning, took up the role of giving chops for activities (Anjali had prepared chop cards where the kids could get a chop for eac completed activity. When they collected five chops, they could choose a prize from the goody bag)