"The Most Important Lesson Is The Lesson Of Indifference." Schools Nationwide Join Children Instead Of Flowers Charity

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"The Most Important Lesson Is The Lesson Of Indifference." Schools Nationwide Join Children Instead Of Flowers Charity
"The Most Important Lesson Is The Lesson Of Indifference." Schools Nationwide Join Children Instead Of Flowers Charity

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Getting a child to school is another challenge. Parents have to allocate large sums for the purchase of stationery, school uniforms and shoes for the baby. Huge bouquets for teachers, which little schoolchildren can barely hold in their hands during the first September assembly, are becoming a special expense item. This year, the average version of a bouquet for parents will cost 1,500-2,000 rubles on September 1. Moreover, the cost of flowers may increase - this is due to both the upcoming holiday and the increase in the exchange rate, since flowers are transported from abroad.


In 2014, the teacher of literature from one of the capital's schools Asya Stein thought about the uselessness of an armful of flowers. She organized an action "Living children instead of dead flowers" for her students, according to which parents had to buy only one bouquet per class, and the money saved should be transferred to treatment for children and adults in need. Soon other schools joined the action, followed by charitable foundations. Elena Martyanova, PR Director of the Vera Hospice Assistance Fund, spoke about this in a conversation with 360.

Following the teachers and parents, we realized that the most important lesson could be taught on September 1 - the lesson of indifference, responsibility for those who live next to us, whom we sometimes don’t think about, but for whom it is very important that they are not forgotten. These are children who, perhaps, live on the street next to us, but we often do not notice them. Or maybe it is enough to buy a ventilator or a stroller so that these children can study at school in the same way, go out into the street like their peers, and not be locked in the four walls of a hospital or apartment? It so happens that a child cannot be cured, but we can change his life, we can return his childhood, which is trying to take away the disease.

Elena Martyanovapiar is the director of the Vera Foundation.

Last year, 6,500 classes from 132 Russian cities took part in the action - together they managed to raise almost 40 million rubles and help 463 families with seriously ill children across the country. And this year, participants from more than 190 cities across the country have already registered for the action, said the interlocutor of "360".

“The action is becoming more and more large-scale, more and more people from different cities learn about it and want to help. This is very great, because the Vera Foundation helps children all over the country, the House with a Lighthouse Children's Hospice helps children in Moscow and the Moscow Region - so the participants also help those children who live next to them. Participants of the action make life easier and more joyful not only for children who are seriously ill, but also for their parents,”said Elena Martyanova.

For parents, this is an opportunity not to live in anxiety and not to be afraid of what may happen tomorrow, but to know that help will come, and this help from all over the country, that there are students and teachers who are ready to devote to help even on September 1. This is not only financial, but also a huge psychological support - to know that you are not alone, that a lot of people all over the country are helping you.

Elena Martyanovapiar is the director of the Vera Foundation.

The PR director clarified that now every day guests - families and teachers - come to the Fund.

Photo source: hospicefund.ru

“We suggest, firstly, parents and teachers to agree on participation among themselves, so that it would not be a surprise for anyone, so that everyone would agree. It is very important that participation in the action is voluntary and joyful, and does not become a cause for tension. After that, you can register on the Foundation's website, receive all the details by e-mail.If you wish, you can come to the foundation's office in Moscow and receive the campaign symbols (ribbons, stickers, postcards for teachers) or print it all yourself. And a child can bring to a line not a huge bouquet, for which you can spend, say, from 500 rubles to infinity, but one beautiful flower, and from these different flowers one big and unusual bouquet for the teacher will be formed. The bouquet can be tied with a ribbon - this year we came up with the idea that the ribbon will be the symbol of the action - because it unites all flowers into one bouquet, just as the action itself unites schoolchildren, their parents and teachers. And the money saved on the purchase of expensive bouquets can be transferred to the Fund in any convenient way,”concluded Martyanova.

Photo source: hospicefund.ru

Support the business or help?

In a conversation with 360, the president of the Association of Russian Florists Valentina Safronova said that you can take part in the action, but at the same time spend quite a bit of money on making the teacher happy.

We have a large number of children who need help, so on the one hand, I support this idea. On the other hand, as a person who deals with flowers - and this is a business - I think that flowers are needed. We have a tradition of going to school with flowers to meet the first teacher. It is not at all necessary to spend one and a half to two thousand on some pretentious bouquet, when you can make beauty even from one flower. Florists in flower salons know how to do this masterly - to arrange one flower in such a way that it looks like a bouquet. In the end, you can make a pretty bouquet up to 500 rubles. Although, of course, it will be small.

I believe that first-graders do not need any huge bouquets at all. [He needs] such a bouquet that he himself would be interested in carrying it. So that there were some additions such as rowan or viburnum branches, maybe even pencils and felt-tip pens. It's interesting and looks good.

Valentina SafronovPresident of the Association of Russian Florists.

Also "360" decided to ask the teachers themselves, is it really necessary to have armfuls of flowers from students on September 1? In a conversation with us, Nina Burlaka, a biology teacher at secondary school 10 in the city of Simferopol, said that she had never heard of the action "Children instead of flowers", but she liked the idea very much.

I hadn't even thought about it before, what can be done so cool - both pleasant and useful. After all, this is Knowledge Day, Children's Day, and helping children is very great. The time has gone when the teacher's image depended on how many bouquets he brings home. Now everything depends on the respect of children and parents, on how much the teacher knows the subject, how high his authority is.

To be honest, lately it has been more welcome when one bouquet from everyone - but not just a bouquet, but with good words. That is, there must be a subtext to all this. What kind of subtext this will be is another matter.

Nina Burlak is a biology teacher.

Many Russian stars also decided to support the Children Instead of Flowers campaign. In a conversation with "360" actress Alisa Grebenshchikova shared that the class in which her 10-year-old son Alyosha is studying, also decided to donate the saved money to charity.

We in our class also support such an initiative. It seems to me that the action "Children instead of flowers" is a wonderful notion, and we will do this in our class this year

Alisa Grebenshchikova is an actress.

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