Kamuela, Hawaii—Tanya Everts, fourth grade teach at Parker School, describes a fundraiser her class recently completed for Smile Train. The group worked so hard they were able to raise more than double their goal!
Our 4th grade class read the book “Wonder” by RJ Palacio, which is about a boy who was born with severe facial deformities including a cleft palate and cleft lip. Following the story, we decided to carry out a service learning project and one of the students in the class came across an advertisement for Smile Train in a National Geographic magazine. It was instantly decided, we would raise money to help children with cleft palates. We agreed to have a used book sale at our school and donate the money we made to Smile Train. We collected books from our homes, books from other students and faculty members, and books from people in the community to sell. Students sold books for $1-$2 and made book marks that we sold for 50 cents each, but if people bought three books they received a free bookmark. People were happy with all of the books they bought and many even donated extra money for the cause. Our goal was to raise $250 to cover the surgery for one child. We ended up raising $600 which covered the cost of two surgeries and two overnight stays. After reading “Wonder” our class signed a kindness pledge where we agreed to be kind during the year 2013. We also offered people the opportunity to take the kindness pledge for 2013 during our book sale.