Their goal was $1,100, but the students at Willow Creek Elementary collected nearly twice that with their “Quarters for Kids” campaign during the month of April. The students actually raised $2,040 which will provide more than 8,000 meals for homeless families staying at the Volunteers of America’s Brandon Center.
“I feel that it is important for our Willow Creek students to learn that even though they are young they are able to make a big difference in the lives of others,” said Carrie Hogan, “The Quarters for Kids program offered us the perfect opportunity to teach this to our students. Each quarter they raised during the month of April fed a homeless child living in the Volunteers of America Brandon Shelter in Denver. I couldn’t be more proud of our students.”
Helping other children in need was a big motivator for the students, but so was earning the chance to throw whipped cream pies at their teachers and principal. So on April 30, part of the gym was covered in plastic, Principal Michael Chipman and four teachers donned old clothes, raincoats or trash bags, and 12 lucky students lined up and took aim. The entire school cheered and clapped as pie after pie hit the targets. By the end, Mr. Chipman and teachers Jodi Ash, Michelle Alden, Terri Hageman and Ken Long, were covered in whipped cream. But they say it was worth it!
"One of Willow Creek's foundational goals is reaching out to those in need in our community and around the world,” said Chipman. “The monies raised in the Quarters for Kids program will make a positive difference for Denver-area children and their families. Getting pied in the face was the least I could contribute to such a worthy cause. Willow Creek students and their families deserve all the credit. They are extremely thoughtful and caring."
Posted May 15, 2014.