Benefits of the McDonalds Kiddie Crew Training

It’s summer once again and as a homeschooling family, we take advantage of the summer activities offered once the summer break has started for the regular school year.

We plan these activities based on their schedules, their fees, what they can offer to our child, their proximity to our home, and Dindin’s interests, and capacities for her age.

Dindin listening intently to the facilitator on the first day. So excited to be in this class.

Last year, a friend of mine encouraged me to let Dindin join the McDo Kiddie Crew Training because they were allowing participants as young as 4 years old. Dindin was already 5 years old then, but I thought that she was still too young and opted to wait another year. And I am happy that I did.

At 6 years old (just a couple of weeks ago), she is now more responsible in taking care of herself. And we are glad that we let her join the Kiddie Crew because of the many benefits. Here are some of them:

1. Cost. For a summer activity that lasts two hours a day for five days, the McDo Kiddie Crew only costs P595 and the registration includes a shirt, cap, ID, bag, apron, chef’s hat, daily supplies for the activities, and snacks. The program runs f0r 10 weeks so if your child wants to do it again, you can enroll him or her again for another week before the summer ends and it will not make a dent on your budget.

2. Gaining new friends. The composition of a class is varied. There were 24 students in Dindin’s class and these are kids of different ages. Dindin was able to make new friends and was also happy to find that two of her former classmates in kinder school were also there. It was a fun time for Dindin to meet new friends younger and older than her. And she is also more patient with those younger than her.

Despite being homeschooled, Dindin is a team player. Pictured here with her team and Teacher Jubelyn at the Drive Thru.

Dindin with her teammates. Those who were about the same age were grouped together.

3. Fun activities. The sessions opened with discussions about topics relevant to being a kiddie crew, such as team work and hard work. Then the kids had crafts. For the second half, they were assigned a station at the McDonalds store. For Din’s first day, she was a greeter as the lobby. On the second day, she took orders at the drive thru. On the third day, she was at the front counter. It will be her fourth day tomorrow. In all these, she learned how things were done at McDonalds, which makes me believe that she will never see going to McDo the same way again.

They have arts and crafts, like creatively painting this bag.

Dindin takes part in the practice for their theme song.

4. Responsibility. The kids were taught about work and how to actually do them. The older kids were tasked to serve the younger ones with their snacks at the end of the sessions while everyone was told to throw away their trash and clean their tables before leaving. They were also checked if they were wearing their complete uniforms each day.

5. Learning new skills. Since the kids were assigned to different stations, they learned how things were done. These may be simple tasks for us but in the mind of a child, these are already big accomplishments.

Dindin taking orders at the Drive Thru of McDonalds Bacolod Lacson branch.

Dindin takes her responsibilities seriously. Here she is greeting customers as they came in.

6. Reinforces faith. Before they start, before they eat, and before they end, prayers were being said. We like that.

Each day, I go with Dindin and take pictures so that she will remember what she did. And I think that my being there makes her feel that I support her in this endeavor. That is very important.

I am also very thankful to the staff for being so accommodating especially that we bring along the little one in her official McDo Kiddie crew shirt each day. She is so enthusiastic about the activities that when she reaches the right age, we will enroll her, too. For now, it was worth buying her a t-shirt worth P100.

Dindin’s sister Shane also comes with us each day. Here she is flanked with two of Dindin’s classmates.

With all the benefits of being a McDo Kiddie Crew, we will definitely let Dindin join again next year if she wants to. It is a big help for homeschooling families like us to have extra-curricular activities like these.

Note: I am not paid to endorse the McDonalds Kiddie Crew training. But I saw the benefits of letting Dindin join so I am writing about our experience.

What Is Climate Change?

The world is covered in weather patterns. These include cold winters in the north, monsoons in south Asia, trade winds in the Pacific and many more. When these weather patterns start to change and those changes last for decades or more, it is considered climate change. This may refer to a change in the average weather conditions or simply longer or shorter duration of the usual weather conditions. The world has a history of climate change through variations in solar radiation, biotic processes, volcanic eruptions and plate tectonics. However, recent significant climate change has been attributed to human activity. This is called global warming.

Photo from the internet.

What is Global Warming?
The average temperature of the earth has gone up 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the past 100 years, and it is projected by scientists to continue rising from two to 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 100 years. These changes may seem small on paper, but they can cause catastrophic changes in weather patterns. Some of the changes already seen are changes in rainfall causing flooding in some places and drought in others. Another change is a rise in heatwaves. There have been big changes in glaciers all over the world, and they melt faster than ever before. The oceans are warming causing the ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise.

The Human Effect
The activities of humans over the past 100 years have released a large quantity of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Most of these gases are produced from burning fossil fuels, but there are other reasons. Deforestation, some agricultural practices and industrial processes are all contributors to the rise in greenhouse gases.

What Do Greenhouse Gases Do?
In a greenhouse, heat is trapped so that the plants inside can have a warm climate in which to grow even if it is too cold outside the greenhouse for them to survive. Greenhouse gases blanket Earth and act like a barrier that keeps energy inside causing Earth to warm. This is why it’s called the greenhouse effect, and it is a natural process that is necessary for life on Earth. However, when the barrier becomes so thick that it doesn’t allow heat to escape at all, it can be dangerous for all the inhabitants of Earth. There are steps humans can take today that will reduce the production of greenhouse gases.

Global Warming or Global Cooling
In the early and middle years of the last century, scientists were still debating whether the greenhouse effect was helping the earth or hurting it. Some scientists argued that it was required to protect Earth from extreme temperatures, which is true, but others pointed out how carbon emissions could cause the barrier to become so thick that it caused global warming. The subject was finally taken up by an international network of scientists who formed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 1988.

Even though there are still climate change deniers, there is a major global consensus that global warming is a distinct threat to life as we know it, and it is caused mainly by human activity. In Europe, the United States and other countries, policies have been adopted to limit carbon emissions and to develop alternative sources of energy such as solar, wind and biofuel.

How to Give Back To and Help Your Community

Raising funds for injured American servicemen. Photo from the website.

Whether you want to do more for those in your hometown or if you enjoy giving back to all local communities there are various resources available to help you get started on your path. Giving back to your community is not only a way to help others in need, but it is also a way to gain perspective on others and how it is essential to lend a hand when you are capable of doing so on your own.

Organize a Donation Drive
Organizing a donation drive is one way to promote positive actions around your city or local community. Asking for donations of canned goods, clothing, and toys is a way to provide for those who are in need near you with the ability to sustain a living whether they are struggling financially or even homeless. Donation drives can often be promoted in local papers as well as at various city council meetings to encourage the residents of your city or state to participate for the benefit of others.

Promote Local Volunteer Groups and Donation Centers to Friends and Family
Any time you are getting involved with donation centers and volunteer groups it is important to share the information with friends, family members, and those in your social media circle who are interested in helping out and giving back. Promoting local groups can be done in a place of work as well as by utilizing online platforms and social media.

Use Social Media to Raise Funds
Using social media to raise funds for a specific cause is a way to reach hundreds or thousands of users and locals who are currently living in or from your hometown and community. Social media is an ideal platform to raise funds as it allows you to connect with users from across your community without going door-to-door to relay the information and details.

Any time you want to use social media to raise funds for a cause it is important to create a Facebook and social media account page for the cause you have in mind to create an official appearance. Joining local community groups and sharing details of your fund is another way to gather attention and new followers to help in raising the funds necessary for any cause you want to contribute to yourself.

Consider Donating to an Online Fund
Consider donating to an online fund to help someone in need of getting the financial backing they require for a specific cause. Utilizing an online fund service such as the Bob Parsons foundation is a way for you to reach others while lending a helping hand in a time of desperation and need. Donating to an online fund is also easier to promote with the use of social media and your own website or blog, giving you additional exposure and reach to hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe.

Implementing a few different methods to help in giving back to your community is a way to strengthen a local town or city while also providing resources to those who are in need at all times. Utilizing both local promotional opportunities as well as the ability to create an online presence is a way for you to make the most out of volunteering and working towards giving back to create a happier community in your life.