Kids & Family

Students’ Valentine’s Day Project Raises Over $1K For Charity

When they got the assignment from their teacher, they ran with it.

Valentine's Day isn't just about romance and fancy chocolates. It's also about helping others and giving back.

Fourth graders at Rutledge Elementary School in Austin, TX are spreading the love this year with their community service project, 'Have a Heart.'

They started the project in January and have been selling paper hearts to teachers and students in the school to raise money for charity.


The students were tasked to research different charities in their community for the project, and they decided on Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a non-profit that helps the homeless population by giving them food and clothing, among other services.

In past years, the project has raised money for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Humane Society.

Once the students chose the charity, they were given different jobs to help promote the fundraiser. Some created posters, others hosted a newscast and made a presentation to help market the hearts to the rest of the school.

Rutledge Elementary School/Facebook

"Our hope is that they realize even though they are children, they really can change the world," Carolyn Eppinette, the students' teacher, told KVUE-TV.

The students ended up raising $1,000 in just four days with 'Have a Heart,' and they plan to present a check to Mobile Loaves & Fishes next week.

Way to go, students! What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day, by helping people in need in their community.

Rutledge Elementary School/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the students' incredible act of kindness?

If you weren't able to purchase a heart from the elementary schoolers, you can still spread the love and make a donation to Mobile Loaves & Fishes by clicking here.

Or, why not take their lead and start your own fundraiser to help others in your community? There are countless ways to collect funds for those in need.

You can hold a bake sale, host a spaghetti dinner or sell hot cocoa - it all starts with a single idea!

Let's #StartSomethingGood together.

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