Through hard work and sheer determination, elementary students from the Brooklyn Avenue School in Valley Stream, New York, raised more than $3,200 at the school’s annual Piggy Bank Fundraiser. All proceeds will go to support Boys Town New York’s (BTNY) programs and services that serve underprivileged children and families across NYC’s five boroughs.
The fundraiser began with the school issuing piggy banks to each of its 300 students. Their mission: fill their piggy banks over the course of one month. At the end of the month, the school presented BTNY with the funds the students raised. A pizza party followed to show BTNY’s appreciation for the students’ efforts.
When asked how it felt to give to such a worthy cause, the children responded, “Great!” “Good!” and “It made me happy!” This is the essence of the gift of giving, and it’s wonderful that a school is instilling it in its students.
When asked how students were filling their piggy banks, one 7-year-old said she’d been doing extra chores around the house for money. Another said he’d found money in his couch.
When Boys Town announced it planned to use the money from the Piggy Bank Fundraiser to purchase books for kids in its shelters, one student asked if it was okay to bring a book along with the piggy bank. Of course, the answer was, “Yes!”
The experience was truly humbling for everyone involved in the project, from the students, who displayed unflinching generosity and dedication, to the student council advisors who made it all possible.
They’re very proud of their community, and BTNY is proud to be associated with them.