Lorena Elementary Students Earn Over $10,000 Through Acts of Kindness

Money can’t buy happiness, and there’s no price to pay for kindness either. But students at Lorena Elementary School are finding that small acts of kindness can add up to a lot of money.

At a recent fundraiser, the kids at Lorena Elementary surpassed their $10,000 goal in just 11 days, not by selling chocolates or coupon books, but by volunteering their time in service.

Beginning September 26, students completed tasks and volunteered in exchange for tips and donations they received on their personal websites set up through the Raise Craze platform. On Wednesday, the students reached the school’s goal of raising $10,000.

Reed Beheler, 10, and Charlotte Kopitnik, 8, are among the highest earners in school, with Reed being one of the students to perform the most acts of kindness and Charlotte earning more than $400 on her own .

Reed, a fifth grader, said he works in his neighborhood picking up trash, mowing lawns and removing trash from the street, and it feels good to help people.

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“When I was helping people, it made them smile,” Reed said.

For her acts of kindness, Charlotte, who is in third grade, said she read books to her brother at night and donated clothes and toys to homeless people. She said she noticed throughout the fundraiser that doing acts of kindness for others makes them happy.

Elementary school counselor Amanda Wilson said the school is focusing on three words this year – perseverance, responsibility and kindness – and the fundraiser has excited and engaged students.

“I think it shows them that instead of just selling things, it kind of gives them a responsibility to really focus on being kind,” Wilson said. “And we talk about sports. You have to practice to improve. Well, you have to practice being kind where it comes naturally.

This is the second time the school has held a fundraiser through Raise Craze, though the first effort in 2020 barely missed its target, Wilson said. The money raised is reinvested in school equipment and activities for students. This year, the money will go towards a new audio-visual system in the gymnasium, field trips and incentives for student performance.

“(Principal) Dr (Liza) Cunningham really cares that all students can go on field trips, so we don’t want children and their families to have to pay for their field trips,” said Wilson.

Fundraising-supported student incentives reward students for meeting learning goals, including goals related to reading, math, and performance on standardized state tests.

“We have a reading incentive for all the kids where they have individual reading goals, and if they hit that goal, a snow cone truck comes out and we throw a big party and celebrate,” he said. she stated.

Although the students achieved their big goal of $10,000 as a team, students who set smaller individual goals teach them a valuable lesson.

“We say every day we’re trying to do what, Reed? Wilson asked.

“Every day we try to improve,” he said.