While local preschoolers work to brighten up their classrooms in preparation for Chanukah this year, many will also be working to brighten others' lives.
For the second year in a row, youngsters will be coloring cutouts of candles in an effort to raise money for Camp Koby, an Israel-based summer program for children who have lost family members to terror. For each donation of $1, children at participating schools will decorate a candle that will be displayed at the school.
"It's something that the children can visibly see and do," said Marilyn Hankin, coordinator of the infant center at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, and who helped initiate the program last year. "It gives them an opportunity to understand what they are doing, rather than just bringing in a toy or something."
Other schools participating include those at Congregation Beth Or in Spring House, Temple Sinai in Dresher, Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill and Kellman Academy in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Coordinators hope to raise in excess of $2,000.
According to Sherry Bohm, director of Adath Jeshurun's early childhood center, lesson plans emphasizing the importance of giving will accompany the art project.
"The kids love the idea of being able to help others," she said. "They now know all about lighting other people's light."