A student-led effort by third- and fourth-grade students at Reed Elementary resulted in a more than $3,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
It began when third-graders in Katie Courtwright’s class started a comic book club so they could write their own comics and trade with one another.
Before long, all 18 students in the class were part of the club and decided they wanted to sell their comics so they could donate the proceeds to charity.
The class then created an order form, commercial, and posters to advertise their sale in the school and sold almost 300 comics, raising more than $1,700, in just two weeks.
After researching different organizations to which they could donate, the students chose the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children who are facing different challenges in life.
Fourth-graders in Heather Jones’ class wanted to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by giving back to others, so the class joined in the effort by making and selling bracelets.
Students made 800 bracelets with inspirational words on them and combined their proceeds with those of the comic book sales.
On March 1, students from the two classes at Reed met (via Zoom) with Heidi, a child who recently had a wish granted by the organization, and Kris Nienhaus, Community Philanthropy & Events Logistics Manager with Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas.
The students had the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the organization and how their donation would help children like Heidi in the future.
Nienhaus later met with both classes at Reed as the students presented their check to the organization.