A Sweet Way to Raise Money for Charity

Efforts in charitable giving are not new to the Colchester School District community. It’s been nearly a year, for example, since the remnants of Hurricane Irene devastated many parts of our state, and this community and its students rolled up their sleeves and dove right into the recovery efforts. Every school in our district regularly takes up charitable causes, creating an ongoing and supportive atmosphere for students and community members alike.

(This is a great place to live and learn!)

Last year, two Colchester High School students baked up an idea to support the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN)—and it was so hugely successful that the pair plan to do it all again this year.

CHS students Julia Crane and Emi Eakin created “Have a Heart for Charity: The Miracle Cookie” last fall. The idea was to sell cookies in the cafeteria and donate the profits to CMN. After meeting with Principal Amy Minor to discuss the idea, the pair wrote their recipe and submitted it for approval. The food service team offered to assist; Director of Nutrition and Food Services Steve Davis created a unique sales code for the Miracle Cookie in order to track the sales. Julia and Emi created posters and spread the word about their project, and from the end of October 2011 through the beginning of June 2012, the pair baked and sold enough cookies to surpass their goal of $1,000 in net profits, all of which they then donated to support their championed charity.

Emi Eakin and Julia Crane (photo by Carol Anderson)

Throughout the year, the duo significantly increased their operational efficiency. “The first week, it took five or six hours!” Julia said. “But by the last couple weeks, we had made, baked, wrapped, and washed all the cookware in a little under two hours.” They also noticed a difference in cookie quality depending upon the variation of the ingredients they used, and they were careful to be cognizant of that when shopping for their ingredients in order to produce the best-possible-tasting cookie for their charity venture.

“It’s really nice to know that it doesn’t have to be a huge gesture; sometimes simple things can go a long way,” Emi said. “It’s really satisfying to see an idea that started like a dream and see it to completion and do some good in the community in the process.”

Well done, ladies!

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