May 19, 2011

Smile Train

By Sarah B.

        Chugga, chugga, choo, choo!  Purchase School is getting on the Smile Train to help save kids’ smiles. Some people are born with deformed clefts, making it difficult to eat and speak. The Smile Train is an organization that collects donations and repairs children’s mouths. 
          Caring Kids is a group of 4th and 5th graders from Purchase School who do good deeds throughout Harrison. The Caring kids have also done things for Africa and soldiers going to Afghanistan. We collected donations from the families of Purchase School and sent them to the Smile Train organization. We also collected pictures of the smiling faces of people who donated money, and put them on the Purchase School Smile Train. I thought that it would be an interesting idea to combine pictures of smiles and a train to create a piece of artwork giving credit to the people who donated. Purchase School raised over $1,000!!!


By Jonathan K., age 10.

When I found out that Caring Kids was doing a donation for people with clefts, I felt really bad and wanted to help. Our club was asking for donations of $1 but I wanted to give more. So I asked my mom if I could bring in some of my birthday money. She said, "Yes, you can bring as much as you want since you're doing something good for other people." This experience has taught me that you feel really proud of yourself when you do something for people who are in need. 


  1. Anonymous5/23/2011

    Author Mary Doria Russell has announced that she will match all donations up to $15,000 to Help Smile Train. It's a good way to support smile train and Mary Doria!

  2. Anonymous5/26/2011

    That's a fantastic way to give back to the world...teaching students the importance on social responsibility should be stressed in more schools.

    Please take a minutes to go to and vote for Smile Train as your favorite charity.

    Smile Train is one of 8 charities competing for a $10,000 donation from EIA. Vote early. Vote often. Tell your friends and colleagues to visit this page and vote. It's so easy to help!! THANK YOU!!