October 5, 2012
I get frustrated, as a volunteer, when I can't connect what I do (give time, expertise, money, etc) to a measurable impact. I understand that this is sometimes rightly the way it is, but my volunteering "profile" is to want to work in organizations where I can see results. That's the sweetest thing about working with Sweet Dreamzzz. Every week during the school year, I see our mission in action. That mission is to improve the health, well-being and academic performance of at-risk children and their families by providing sleep education and bedtime essentials. Science has determined that lack of adequate sleep is a key contributor to many of the issues affecting children today: difficulty learning and paying attention; physical, mental and emotional health, obesity and others. The Sweet Dreamzzz volunteer 'sleeper teachers' deliver the message directly to elementary school kids (and often their teachers and parents) in a fun and memorable way. Follow up studies now in progress are showing that kids and families are changing behaviors. "Sleep fitness," as we call it, is a low-cost, painless and effective antidote that has a life-long impact on the child, their family and the community as a whole. And best of all, the smiles we see when the kids get their sleeping bag, shirt, book, and hygiene essentials, says it all. Visit sweetdreamzzz.org to see for yourself. Like and share our link, and call us if you want us to bring sleep fitness into one of your community schools! Kids will get more As and Bs by getting more ZZZs!
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