Madison County Rotary Club leaders want the county’s first graders to understand the word “ethics.” And they are trying to teach it in a fun way.
Will Mauldin and Ellen Cowne of the Rotary Club visited the county’s five elementary schools recently to present “Andy and Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure,” a story that shares the Rotary’s “four-way test” with school children: 1.) is it the truth; 2.) is it fair to all concerned; 3.) will it build goodwill and better friendships; 4.) will it be beneficial to all concerned.
In the story, a child makes dumplings with apples from a neighbor’s yard, but then realizes he should have asked the neighbor for permission to use the apples. The two then work together to create an apple dumpling business, bringing in another friend to transport the apples to the market.
The story emphasizes how working together in an honest way can be beneficial to all.
“We want all children to know at an early age what ‘ethical’ means and this book is about ethics,” said Cowne.
How useful! Ethics is so lacking in our society today; starting even in kindergarten or pre-school wouldn't hurt either. Rotary is such a pragmatic organization doing what matters most. They give books to children that kids can call their very own and learn to value reading. I am still amazed at the well over 400 handicap ramps that they have built in no time flat over the years; the total will soon be nearly 500. I thank them for their efforts.