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Explorer Elementary Uses Bracelets To Make A Difference

April 1, 2014, 6:13 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Explorer Elementary Uses Bracelets To Make A Difference
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Fourth graders at Harrisburg's Explorer Elementary School are using a craft project to make a difference in the world.

We stopped by the school to find out how some colorful bracelets are showing these kids what it means to give back.

Loom bracelets are made out of colorful rubber bands and can be designed dozens of different ways.

When a teacher at Explorer Elementary told his students they'd be creating these bracelets for a class project, they were confused.

"Why are we doing this? What's the point of making rubber band bracelets? And then he showed us this video and it kind of inspired us and got us all pumped up," fourth grader Ian Mason said. 

"It started little. It was just, 'How do we make these looms and how do you make these bracelets?' I asked the kids. They shared ideas. They shared how they do it. What kind of bracelets. And then we moved into, 'Ok, now how do we make a difference with these bracelets?'" Explorer Elementary Technology Integrationist, Travis Lape, said. 

The idea originally came from a school in Iowa whose students sent bracelets overseas.

The students at Explorer decided to make bracelets for people at The Banquet and Sanford Children's Hospital.

One young man, Ian Mason, also found a project online where the kids can send bracelets to orphans in Uganda and then in a few weeks they will Skype with those kids who receive them.

"It makes me feel like I'm doing something good inside. Everybody goes through something hard, so this is something I kind of want to help out with," Mason said.

The kids are also working on a presentation for their school to show everyone what they've been up to.

"We're really excited to show it to the rest of the school and we're talking about how cool it is and we never thought that we would do this," fourth grader Grace Cain said. 

But the lesson that seems to stick out the most for these kids is that even a small bracelet can make a big difference.

"When we get to mail them over there, it just makes all of us feel really good. And it just makes us feel happy making them happy," Cain said. 

"Then they'll feel like, 'Somebody made this for us.' And we know that somebody cares about them," Mason said.

All of the materials have been donated by parents and community members. So far, they've made about 300 bracelets to donate.

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