In a “Penny Harvest” fundraiser, McAuliffe students, parents, teachers and staff collected over $5,750 this year. Penny Harvest student leaders met with classes to decide, by a vote, what type of charity they wanted to support. These were called “rays of caring,” and they included animal abuse, cancer, diseases, poverty, and suicide and depression awareness.
The Penny Harvest leaders researched and found charities in these areas and personally interviewed representatives from each organization. Based on their research and interviews they voted on how to allocate the money they raised and their student service time.
Penny Harvest Leader Lizzie Bannister said, “I learned about a lot of non-profits that I had no idea existed. They do really amazing things.” Sarah Merman added, “It helped me personally so I could tell other people about these places and they should volunteer there…I’m not just a bystander, I’m involved. This is my day of the year when I feel like I make a difference.”
All the representatives from charities expressed that they were touched by the students’ efforts. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention said the students’ interview process was, “thoughtful, impressive and humbling.”