Several times a year, Brooksfield Montessori School, which is located in McLean, Virginia, "gives back." For April’s community service activity, Brooksfield is supporting a group called, "Beanies for Baghdad." Specifically, the school will be collecting gently-used stuffed animals and other special things for the troops in Afghanistan. The soldiers can then pass the items out to the local children or keep them for themselves. Brooksfield is also collecting like-new clothing, Frisbees, toy cars, school supplies, soccer balls, cookies, hard candy, snack foods, gum, Blistex with SPF protection and hand/foot warmers. Brooksfield teaches their preschool, Kindergarten and Elementary Montessori students about the importance of community service and helps them get involved in outreach activities. What a great way to instill empathy and compassion in children.