Spring cleanup fundraiser teaches Steamboat students to ‘give back’
May 4, 2017
Steamboat Springs — The Parent Teacher Information Committee for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools is asking students and parents to collaborate with them on a new fundraiser to support school programs intended to "bring curriculum to life" through the planetarium STEM (project-based learning) supplies, mindfulness tools, robotics and more.
The new Spring Cleanup Fundraiser is replacing the committee's existing School Auction for the Challenge Fund, according to Wendy Wade, Strawberry Park PTIC president.
"This year, we will encourage our students to earn money by helping out in the community or at home doing chores, cleaning up the yard …," Wade wrote in a news release. "Then, students will donate the money that they've earned to their elementary school, either Strawberry Park or Soda Creek.”
Each student is being encouraged to earn $20, and parents and local business may match the money the students earn.
“The Steamboat Group Real Estate, Letter Leaders and Brinkman Construction have already committed to match donations," Wade said.
She added that one of the goals of the fundraiser is to instill in students a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the importance of giving back to the community.
"We are hopeful students and parents alike will support this fundraising effort as 100 percent of the money raised will support the schools, and it teaches students the value of their contribution," Wade said. "To help the students understand the reasoning behind the fundraiser, teachers will be discussing with the kids what a donation is and the importance of donating back to the community."