Every year, Mapleton Junior High gets in the spirit of Christmas by having a school-wide fundraiser. And this time around, they decided to make the fundraiser extra-special by raising money to help kids their own age. Their fundraiser: Gift baskets for the patients at Primary Children's medical hospital.
"I liked being able to connect with the kids, and really know who they are" said student Solly Kimball. The Mapleton Junior High students had the opportunity to learn each patient’s favorite color, hobby, superhero, and other interests through posters plastered throughout the school, and a video in the commons area. Each day while walking from class to class, Mapleton Jr. High students would read the interests of each patient, getting to know them.
"It only takes a dollar per person to brighten a child's Christmas." said Bailey Morgan, a student who donated. She was right. The schools goal to earn was 2,400 dollars, just double the school’s student body count.
And once students knew who they were donating for, money started to trickle in...
A school wide donation ensued, and went on for two weeks. Both teachers and Students donated. Classes competed against each other to raise enough money for parties, prizes, and the yearly Dare Assembly. The Dare Assembly is an exciting event that the students are rewarded with if they make their money goal for the fundraiser. It’s filled with pie throwing, atrocious makeovers, waxing teacher’s legs, and the works.
Mrs. Rowley, a teacher and student government advisor was expressed love for these yearly fundraisers. “It’s [the fundraiser] a great opportunity to get the students involved in something positive and worthwhile. They’re able to be part of the success.”
After a quick two weeks of donations and prize slips, the fundraiser came to a halt. A flood of donations came at the end. The students were desperate to reach their goal-and then some. They earned a total of 3,907 dollars, and one cent. That’s $1,507.01 dollars over their initial goal. The Student Government at MJHS was in charge of the fundraising efforts, and they made sure to count every last penny donated.
With all the money that the students lovingly donated, The Student Government went out and bought the Christmas gift baskets full of toys for the 25 patients at Primary Children's. They made sure to put in toys that they knew each individual patient would like, and took their time making sure every basket was perfect. They even had enough money to buy extra gifts; wrapped presents not for their specific kids at Primary Children's, but for anyone else that is in the hospital during the holidays.
"I'm really proud of all the work we have done and all of the success that has happened with the Dare Assembly" Said Mrs. Rowley, the teacher in charge of the fundraiser event, ‘It is extremely rewarding to work with such a great group of kids."
And right she is. The students at Mapleton Junior high were overjoyed when they heard their grand total, glad that they could help their peers at Primary Children’s Hospital, have a better Christmas.