Old Farmers Students Donate Money, Shoot Hoops
Fund raiser for earthquake aid sends more than $1,200 to Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
How is it possible for a group of elementary students in New Jersey to help a country that lost approximately 230,000 people in a massive earthquake?
For students at Old Farmers Road School, it was just a matter of bringing in a few dollars and making some shots.
The K-5 school put together its own version of Hoops for Haiti at the end of the 2009-10 school year to raise money for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. "When (PTA Member) Melissa Hillier and I talked about it, we agreed that it needed to be developmentally appropriate," said Jana Rojas, elementary counselor at the school. "We didn't just want kids bringing in money and that would be the end of it."
"Teachers and students really wanted to do something to help," said Rojas. "I spoke with a lot of parents and this idea came up in conversation."
For 10 minutes at the end of each gym period, students were required to shoot baskets–successfully–each day until they're class's donation total was reached. If a class donated $100, its students needed to make 100 baskets before the end of the school year.
The program began in March to coincide with the NCAA's March Madness. "It took us until June, but we made it," Rojas said.
More impressive than the students' ability to shoot hoops was the amount of money donated to the fund. Old Farmers Road School students and teachers donated $1,203 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
"The kids were really excited about it," Rojas said. "They were literally bringing in their own piggy banks because they wanted to give. Everyone wanted to help out."
The school worked in conjunction with the PTA to organize, promote and accomplish the fundraiser. Students and teachers brought in their donations during the months of March and April.