For many children bedtime means snuggling up in cozy pajamas and reading a favorite bedtime story. Yet for youngster in need, even something as basic as curling up with a good book in comfy "jammies" can be wishful thinking. The Rolling Prairie Chapter of the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children recently put together a project to help children keep warm this winter. Scholastic took care of the bedtime stories.
The chapter held a Pajama Drive to support the Pajama Program. Rolling Prairie chapter members, Kids World families and staff, Great Prairie AEA staff, and Davis County Daycare and Preschool families collected 100 pairs of pajamas to benefit children in need. The items were collected as a part of Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Each donated pair of pajamas will be accompanied by a book.
"The purpose of the program is that every child should have a good night to wake up to a good day," said Rolling Prairie Chapter President and Kids World Preschool teacher, Dawn Johnson. "Our members were eager to participate in the program. An added benefit is that the children have learned the importance of helping those in need and giving back to the community."
The pajamas will be going to the Ottumwa Crisis Center. Chapter member and Kids World Director, Terri Johnson, commented, "We are so pleased that the pajamas will be helping children locally. Our Kids World families and staff were happy to participate in the pajama drive."
The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. Since 2001, the Pajama Program has donated over one million pairs of pajamas and books to children.