Change for CHANGE
Saving money to go to Disney World is a common experience for children who dream of meeting Mickey, parading with princesses and taking tea time twice a day.
But when Braydn, a kindergartener at Good Shepherd Catholic School (GSC) in Ardsley, PA, heard about her school’s coin drive for Philabundance, she chose to put her piggy bank towards driving away hunger instead of driving a horse-drawn carriage.
“I was saving to have more money for Disney World, but I thought I’d give it to people who don’t have any food,” says Braydn. “It made me feel happy because I knew the people getting the money need it more than me.”
At GSC, service isn’t just part of the mission—it’s a vehicle for learning that begins at an early age. The idea to hold the coin drive originated from a small group of thoughtful sixth graders inspired by Philabundance’s website, which shares that a $1 donation provides two meals for hungry neighbors in the Delaware Valley.
After receiving approval to host the drive school-wide, the group got to work. “We put jars in every classroom, got a prize for whomever donated the most and created posters and flyers to spread the word,” says Hayley, one of the students who led the fundraiser.
GSC raised more than $1,427— or 2,854 meals— in one month and the students are now encouraging the rising sixth grade class to continue the tradition next year.
When asked about the students’ impressive initiative, Principal Sister Patricia shared her praise and added, “But it’s not about them being lauded, it’s not about self-promotion— it’s about serving others.”
Whether it’s an individual, a small group of students or an entire school— selfless community service infuses a little bit of magic into the real world.