Many Birthday Gifts = Working for Charity?

Find a need and fill it.
—Ruth Stafford Peale

How many people do you know who are inspired to embark on charitable endeavors as a result of receiving numerous birthday gifts?

Allison Winslow, a first grader at Porters Point School, recently took it upon herself to organize a bottle-and-supplies drive, raising $50.50 to benefit Northern Greyhound Adoptions, the Humane Society of Chittenden County, and Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists. She explained that the idea for the fundraiser came from the wish to extend support and kindness to others after she received a particularly bountiful collection of birthday presents. “I feel good inside because I have a big heart for animals, and I know that it was the right thing to do,” she said.

Encouraging students to see that they can make a difference in their community and in the lives of others is important—and celebrating students who take it upon themselves to make positive contributions is paramount. When our community members see young people making substantial efforts, they are more likely to support them … and when students feel supported, they are more likely to give back to the community. Everyone benefits from making ongoing positive contributions.

Seven-year-old Allison would like to practice veterinary medicine when she is older. “I think that helping animals would be the right thing to do for nature,” she asserted.

Miss Allison Winslow, first grader at Porters Point School

Activism and community involvement are alive and well in our schools; students all across the district regularly give of themselves to benefit those around them and engage in ambitious volunteerism. Just a few examples are as follows:

There are also a number of ongoing organized group charity efforts in our district. For example:

And every school in the district rolled up its sleeves to help our neighbors all across our state in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

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