Friday, June 14, 2013

Community School students contribute to local nonprofits

Effort made with help of Project WOW


By EXPRESS STAFF

    Community School students logged more than 5,800 hours for area nonprofit organizations this year. They also made nearly $9,000 in donations in conjunction with Project WOW, an initiative funded by the Wood River Foundation in which each of Blaine County’s 4,000 K-12 students receive $25 to donate to a local nonprofit organization of their choice.
    “One of the main goals was to teach children about generosity, and we definitely succeeded,”said Elementary School Head Janet Salvoni.
    Elementary school students last week presented giant checks to representatives from their chosen nonprofit organizations.
    Three classes teamed up to donate a total of $2,550 to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley. Eight hundred and seventy-five dollars from the first grade will sponsor the care of dogs and cats in the shelter, while $750 from second-graders will go to Dollars for Collars, an initiative that sponsors ID tags and microchipping for dogs and cats. Fourth-graders gave $900 to Give Me Shelter, a project that provides better shade and rain shelters for the shelter’s outdoor kennels.
    “It's so nice to see so many kids so engaged with helping,” said Executive Director JoAnne
Dixon.
    Community School third-graders donated $875 to St. Luke's Wood River Foundation to create an art display to lift the spirits of hospital patients and families. Fifth-grade students gave $975 to Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, and also raised $500 to create 20 care packages for children who are staying at the Advocates' safe house. Kindergarteners donated $525 to the Wood River Land Trust for conservation efforts and also made a video promoting the organization's work.
    Sixth-grade students went to the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to plant a pollinator garden, designed to draw hummingbirds and butterflies and boost the health of plants in the entire area. Seventh-grade students went to the Silver Creek Preserve south of Bellevue to help The Nature Conservancy build a new boardwalk.
    Elementary School students made presentations to Upper School students, who chose which organizations to support based on those presentations.
    Eighth-grade students gave $700 to Idaho’s Bounty, an organization focused on sustainable and local food.
    Community School students gave a total of $8,975 to local nonprofit organizations.
    For more information, contact Salvoni at 622-3960, ext. 115 or jsalvoni@communityschool.org.




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