dec. 4, 2015
The third grade classes from Liberty Elementary School hosted a UNICEF drive this past fall. Students in third grade received small donation boxes and asked friends, family and community members for donations to UNICEF in an attempt to raise as much money as possible.
In addition, students took their fundraising effort to the streets by going door-to-door on Halloween night throughout the community.
The students’ dedication to their fundraising project paid off. Once all the donations had been counted, the group managed to raise $457.83. After UNICEF tripled the donation, the grand total came to $1,373.49, all of which will go toward improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
However; one students’ efforts in particular seemed to go above and beyond, according to third grade teacher Ms. Alyssa Cinque. One of her students, Colin Doeinck, became very passionate about the cause and rose over $300 all by himself.
“My neighbor works at a popular chiropractor’s office, so I asked if I could put a donation box in his office. My mom, dad and grandparents helped, too, and I emptied my whole piggy bank for the cause.”
For two months, Colin and his peers counted each penny, nickel and dime as the donations rolled in, and they began to get excited while considering all the good the money could do. For example, it costs $400 to install a pump in a village to provide clean water for dozens of families.
“My favorite part of the UNICEF fundraiser was passing my goal,” Colin said. “It makes me happy to help kids get clean clothes, food and water – things that my friends and I have but they don’t.”
UNICEF works in 100+ countries to give children and families clean, safe drinking water; teach healthy hygiene; and provide access to toilets and sanitation. Learn more about UNICEF Water 101 here.