Today was Pyjama day; raising money for children in Foster Care. Raising funds for the Pyjama Foundation gives children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.
Alarmed at the statistics highlighting poor literacy and numeracy levels of children in care, and how this contributes to a lifetime of disadvantage, founder Bronwyn Sheehan made a decision – a decision to offer hope and a more positive outlook for these children.
Through a simple program known as the Love of Learning Program, volunteers called Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in care, and spend just one hour a week focusing on learning based activities. Pyjama Angels read books aloud, play educational games, and help children with their homework. In that time, they demonstrate that this child is valued and loved.
Children across the service came dressed in their pyjamas along with some educators too. The children in the Caterpillars room were excited to show what pyjamas they had on. Arabella was excited to tell everyone that her new pyjamas were from Kmart and Isabella’s were from Target. Nicholas showed off he’s dinosaur pyjamas and they all wanted Kathy to take photos of them so they can see what they looked like. This was a great day for children to share their thoughts and emotions with one another.
Even in our youngest room, the Honeybees, the children and educators alike got involved in this day to promote awareness of The Pyjama Foundation and the wonderful work they do.
Thank you to all of our amazing families and educators who assisted us with raising $150.80 for The Pyjama Foundation. You too can get involved and support The Pyjama Foundation: http://www.thepyjamafoundation.com/get-involved/#how-to-get-involved’