The School of Bright Promise's two primary units taught by Amber Scott and Lauren Costello recently participated in what developed into a school-wide philanthropy effort to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The two classes combined for a first-time effort to make "sweetheart" candy grams, made from lollipops, heart-shaped paper and stickers.
Order forms were sent to all families indicating that each "sweetheart" would be 50 cents.
"With this in mind, we had no idea how generous and supportive our school family would be in taking part in this fundraiser," Costello said. "Thanks to the contributions of our staff and school families, we raised a total of $260. Of that, $160 went to St. Jude's with $100 going to school funds for what we hope to use for another fundraiser similar to this one next February and for this upcoming March for Easter."
Fourteen students from the primary units in grades kindergarten through four initially began this project. As more orders came in, two classes from the intermediate and high school level offered to help.
"It was a wonderful way to bring our classes together. The reason we chose St. Jude's was because of our monthly school theme for February - 'Showing kindness to others.' What better way to show kindness than to do it for other children in need?" said Costello.