This summer kids at Portland Mennonite Church worked on two fun projects for the festival.
THE PEACE KIDS HONEY PROJECT
John Hess Yoder had the idea of having kids help him with his honey harvest this year and donating the money to Mennonite Central Committee. Over the course of one summer evening, a group of six children ages 5 to 10 (with several parents) helped to cut open the comb, put it into the extractor, fill jars, and put on labels – yielding about 100 pounds of honey.
“It was a big sticky mess, and the kids loved it,” said Curt Weaver, who helped to coordinate the project.
The children sold the honey at church, and a few jars were reserved to take to the festival. Get ready to bid!
MCC ART BAGS
This year a supply of sturdy, decorated shopping bags will be available, thanks to participants in Portland’s Peace School.
The children were given art supplies and free rein to express their creativity. Heather Gingrich, who is coordinating children’s activities at the festival this year, also was at hand to talk with the kids informally about MCC and how their efforts would help other kids around the world.
Thanks to everyone who participated in these fun summer projects!
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