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"Change For Changes": Students Donate To Six Groups
Posted 05/23/2016 05:53PM

At the Lower School's annual Service-Learning Assembly today, students made donations to six nonprofit groups from the proceeds of their "Change for Changes" fundraiser.

"Change for Changes" collects coins and small donations throughout the year. The fifth grade Philanthropic Roundtable determined how the funds, which totaled more than $3,000, would be distributed. The group made the following allocations:

  • $600 to Charity:Water, a nonprofit that supports clean water projects around the world
  • $300 to NY Class, an animal-protection group
  • $600 for Cookies for Kids Cancer, as well as $950 raised in the school's bake sale
  • $300 to the SPCA of Westchester, which provides a "no kill" shelter for animals
  • $600 to the Lustgarten Foundation, started by Andrew Lustgarten '95, pictured above, and his family to promote research for pancreatic cancer.

In addition the Lower School recognized other fundraising and volunteer activities that occurred during the year:

  • The holiday gift drive that collected toys, games and arts and crafts items for The Abbott House, Mercy Center, RMHA, and Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.
  • The City Harvest Truck or Treat appeal that collected $661.
  • The Fall Book Fair Bake Sale, which provided $1150 for the Change for Changes program.
  • Box Tops for Education, which brought in 300 box tops for PS/MS 279 for book purchases. 
  • Book drives for Project Cicero and PS/MS 279 that collected nearly 1,600 gently-used books.  
  • The food drive for N.Y. Common Pantry and the Food Bank of Westchester.
  • The partnership with Atria Senior Living in which students and seniors collaborated on a gratitude quilt.
  • The pajama program that collected pajamas and bedtime storybooks for children living in shelters.
  • The project to make and sell wood beaded bracelets that raised $3,482 to benefit the Young Women's Initiative of the Malawi Children's Mission.
  • Run for the Wild, an event sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society that received $246 thanks to the efforts of two fifth graders.

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