We give back to our local and global communities, instilling these values in children from a very young age. We believe global learning isn’t just about teaching kids about different countries and customs — it’s about learning that you can make a difference in the world…one cup of lemonade or one care package at a time.
Each year, BBMA centers across the U.S. participate in Heart Projects, giving children the opportunity to give back to the community – globally and locally. Through these projects, children are able to participate in hands-on activities and learn about the importance of helping others in need.
Featured Heart Projects
We initiated Heart Projects to help children understand what it means to be a good citizen and how to come together as a team to make a difference.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Through our annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand initiative, Big Blue Marble Academy raises money and awareness for childhood cancer causes, primarily for research into new treatments and cures. Children at our facilities are encouraged to get involved by measuring ingredients, preparing lemonade, decorating the lemonade stands, making posters, and learning to count change.
Operation Christmas Child
In the fall, we collect school supplies, hygiene items, and small toys to fill shoe boxes that go to children overseas living in extreme poverty or affected by war, disease and natural disaster. Children help pack boxes and write notes of encouragement.
Blankets for Children
Each December, our classes make new, no-sew blankets to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. These blankets are distributed to Children’s Charity Center Orphanage in the Ukraine.
Little Dresses for Africa
Our annual Little Dresses for Africa program is designed to provide relief to vulnerable children throughout Africa and beyond. Children are involved in every step of the process, collecting and using pillowcases and working with their classmates to make dresses. They even get to see pictures of the children in Africa wearing them!
Change for A Change
Children collect change to benefit Mission of Hope’s Madonna Project at Rotifunk Hospital in Sierra Leone. The children learn that mothers need healthy food, clean water, and doctors so that they can have healthy babies. To address these needs, children collect change to send to the hospital. The children make posters informing people of the need, ask for change to help the mothers and babies, and brainstorm locations to display their posters. As the change comes in, the children are responsible for counting and rolling it into coin containers. Lastly, they create cards for the new mothers visiting Rotifunk Hospital.