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.
"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.