Corbett Prep Tops Nation in Raising Money
for Afghanistan Schools
Students sold bracelets to raise more than $4,300 for the Project New Hope Challenge.
Nov. 12, 2013 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Green bracelets appeared everywhere this fall at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS on the arms of students as young as PreK3, all through Middle School and up to their teachers and parents as well.
Stamped on each bracelet was the statement “I’m changing the world,” a reminder that each bracelet purchased was helping raise money to improve education for girls in Afghanistan.
The efforts had big results. Corbett Prep students raised more than $4,300 through sales of the $5 bracelets. They outsold eight other schools nationally who also participated in the Project New Hope Challenge, a fundraiser with the National Educator Program (NEP). The challenge ended Oct. 31, and on Nov. 8, Corbett Prep was announced as the National Champion.
Primary, Intermediate and Middle School students worked together to make it happen.
“What I was the most pleased with was the synergy on both sides of the campus, and all of the students who went above and beyond to bring it to the greater community,” said English teacher Jennifer Jagdmann.
Fifth graders started the bracelet sales last year and extended it throughout the East and West sides of campus this fall. Students took the initiative to spread the word and encourage their classmates, families and friends to get involved. A sixth grader organized a fundraiser night through EVOS in Carrollwood. An Upper Primary student brought bracelets for her entire class. The Middle School Student Council brainstormed with fifth graders ways in which they could motivate other grades to participate.
Social Studies teacher Chris Ochoa was amazed at how quickly the project grew and how much money the school raised in a short amount of time. He said one of the aspects to which the students responded was that the donations were going straight to the people they wanted to help.
NEP has partnered with a school in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and wants to bring its principal and two teachers to the United States to receive training on career academies. Schools participating in the Project New Hope Challenge sought to raise $10,000 through bracelet sales and other activities to cover travel costs for the educational team. The educators will then bring back what they have learned to Afghanistan and begin to build an environment where students can grow into community leaders.
To learn more about the Project New Hope Challenge, the schools that participated and the Corbett Prep announcement, watch this video online: http://vimeo.com/nep1/pnhfinal.