Thanks to the input and creativity of the Youth Advisory Board of World Connect, YesKidzCan! developed the Great Coin Race Community Service Project Kit. The kit puts a fun spin on having kids raise money for Kids Connect (a youth-led program that supports arts, sports, education, and environmental projects in 12 countries) by collecting spare change.
We are excited to share that for the second year in a row, the Sage School in Foxboro, Massachusetts (serving 169 students ages 4-14) took on the Great Coin Race as part of their commitment to community service.
The first time out of the starting blocks, Sage School’s Great Coin Race was in honor of their 20th anniversary 2011. The school selected a Kids Connect project in the Dominican Republic called “Passport to the World” as the beneficiary of their Great Coin Race efforts. Sage students and teachers “raced” to collect spare change to mark the 1,567 mile distance from Foxboro to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Their goal was to raise 50 cents for each mile with a goal of raising $783.50. “Passport to the World” helps a Dominican Republic community enhance their library by improving the physical space and the selection of books.
Sage School’s effort was school wide with every student, teacher, and administrator assigned to one of two teams: Green or Blue. The two teams competed in a month-long coin collecting race. Members of the World Connect staff and the Youth Advisory Board attended the launch and spoke to the student body about the importance of supporting kids around the world. While the racing was going on, students studied the history and culture of the Dominican Republic and learned about the challenges faced by kids in that region of the world. After a month’s effort, the school held an assembly to celebrate their Great Coin Race accomplishments — raising a total of $1,161.20 which exceeded their initial goal!
This year, Sage School chose to race 3,758 miles from Foxboro, MA to Ancash, Peru in support of Camp JUMP, a three-day/two-night workshop that educates 40 teenage boys about vocational opportunities, community health, and leadership. Over the course of the camp, the teens hear from business, educational, and medical professionals and are challenged to return to the communities to implement service projects such as mural painting, social theater, hosting radio shows, and more.
The school kicked off the “Race” with a school-wide assembly. Students made banners and colorful collection canisters and concluded with an event to announce their fundraising success. Sage School students surpassed their goal of raising $940 and brought in $1,178.69. Now that is a lot of spare change!
We hope other schools and community groups will download the free kit and follow the fantastic example set by every Sage School student, faculty member, and administrators! You continue to put the “Great” in “Great Coin Race!”
© YesKidzCan!, 2012