With the support of staff and community partner Wyman, the Julia Goldstein ECEC's Parent’s Pride coordinated Change for A CHANGE campaign, a new service project for students to collect money and donate it to a charity of the students' choice.
"Everyday, teachers witnessed students eagerly bring in money in hopes that their class would collect the most change so that they could win," said Nikole Shurn, Wyman Building Director of Wrap Around Services for University City. "Teachers were able to incorporate different lessons dealing with money into their curriculum and the kids loved it!"
JGEC students collected about $500 during the three weeks from Jan. 14 through Feb. 4, 2019. Corrie Woolley Hamilton's class raised the most funds and voted to be awarded an ice cream party. They also selected the donation recipient of St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry at All Saints Church. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the class walked to All Saints Church to present the check and then headed over to the Delmar Loop to Snow Factory for ice cream.
"All our students are winners because they passionately donated the change from their piggy banks, couch cushions and their parents' pockets; so every child at Julia Goldstein also received fruit snacks," Shurn added.
Parent’s Pride is a group of parent ambassadors whose objective is to help promote Julia Goldstein to other parents in the building and within the community.
"It was amazing to see our school community come together to help others," Principal Crystal Cauley added. "It was a fabulous lesson in giving for our students in an endeavor led by their families."