Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sending Off Bracelets & Letters To Our Friends In India Inspire The New "Banding Together" Edmodo Community

Tomorrow is a very special day for the "Banding Together" project.  
It is the day that all of the beautiful Rainbow Loom bracelets that have been created with love from children around the world are going to make their journey to our friends in Mangalore, India.  There are thousands of bracelets that will be spreading love, friendship, and hope to the children, teachers, and community there.
As the third graders at Van Meter prepare to send them tomorrow, they also wanted to write very special letters to their pen pals in India.  
It was so sweet watching them write letters, create pictures, and then look up their pen pals name on the Google Doc that we started with our friends at In This Together Media.  
At Van Meter, it isn't just the third graders that are making Rainbow Loom bracelets to send to India. A lot of our students in kindergarten through 12th grade have brought them into the library to be part of the "Banding Together" project too.  

And all of these friends and so many more around the world have asked the third graders and myself how we can continue to help and stay connected.  

So last week during a conversation we had in the library, we decided that it would be a great idea to start a community within Edmodo....a place for all of us to connect.  
Today I started the "Banding Together" Edmodo Communtiy.  

We are encouraging those who have created bracelets and anyone who wants to get involved in the "Banding Together" project to join.  

The orphanage in India is just the first stop of our journey in making a difference in children's lives around the world.  

The new Edmodo community will be the perfect place to connect, to communicate, and to change the world. 

You can join the "Banding Together" Edmodo community at this link.   Once I confirm your request, please read the "Welcome Note" and introduce your group to all of us.  There will be news soon on a Google Hangout that we will be having to share more with everyone.  
So as the bracelets, letters, charms, poems, and art are sent off to India tomorrow with a whole lot of love and happiness, let's all come together to continue our project in making a difference.

Thank you, friends.  We love that you have joined us and can't wait for what is next.

Love,  Van Meter Third Graders


  1. What an amazing, inspiring project. I'm in awe of the work and love that went into this. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much....It has been one of the most rewarding and inspiring projects we have done. <3 More to come on this too.

  2. Hello! I am the Media Assistant at North Side Elementary in Indiana. My students and I are very interested in doing this project. Do you know if we can still send in bracelets and letters? Thank you and great job!