This week, we kicked-off the Change for Change Project with Wednesday’s Change Fair.  Our students had the opportunity to share their projects with members of our school community and members of our local business community. Thanks to all who came by to experience the amazing student work, and for those that missed it here are some highlights:

One of our fifth graders approached me in the midst of the C4C Fair and asked if he could give me a hug. Afterwards, I asked him why.  He replied, “To be honest, Mr. B when we were doing all the planning and preparation for this, I thought I was going to hate this. But I love it!” When I asked him why he loved it his response made my day, “Because now I know I can make a change!”

Several of the student-driven projects partnered with existing local, national, or global charities. The founder of a California-based organization dedicated to bringing happiness to child cancer patients came to see the Fair in action. Here is an excerpt from her Facebook post: “When I arrived within their cafeteria, my heart immediately became full, because with all the horrible news that has been playing over and over again on every news source…, “racism, tornadoes, political bantering, etc,” for a moment… that all seemed to go away and here was a room filled with young children working hard to make the world a better place for others, and within the simplicity of doing that, each child was smiling.”

The C4C Fair was also a huge success in terms of kicking the student projects off with a great start.  The Shark Tank invested a total $750 in these projects. Below you can see the progress the students have made toward their goal in the first few days of implementation.

–       Raised $900 of the $3850 that will be donated to various local and national charities

–       Collected 100 of the 1000 books that will be donated to a Title 1 School

–       Collected 12 of the 100 backpacks that will be donated to a Title 1 School

–       Collected 300 of the 500 pairs of shoes that will be donated to the LV Mission

–       Collected 20 of the 100 pieces of sports equipment that will be donated to Sports for All

–       Collected 24 of the 100 toys that will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

Please stay tune for updates and opportunities to participate in these donation drives. Over the coming weeks we will be collecting the items shared above during drop-off.

If you have any questions about the C4C Project, please contact Chris Bezsylko.

Video courtesy of KLAS-TV 8newsnow.



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