WEST END DAY SCHOOL (NEW YORK, NY)

Last year, West End Day School saw #GivingTuesday as the perfect opportunity to teach their students the importance of giving and started a new tradition of a Community Thankfulness Day to coincide with #GivingTuesday. Leading up to #GivingTuesday 2017, the school community collected backpacks, school supplies, games and books for children affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. On #GivingTuesday students packed the backpacks with supplies and a handwritten note to offer support. A board member of the school assisted with the transfer of supplies to Puerto Rico.

ST. THOMAS MORE HIGH SCHOOL (MILWAUKEE, WI)

St. Thomas More High School had a specific goal for #GivingTuesday to acquire funds for Smart Boards for its classrooms. Alumni, parents, and other community members donated over $10,000 for this technology during the school’s online #GivingTuesday fundraiser.

AVESON CHARTER SCHOOL (ALTEDENA, CA)

On #GivingTuesday, Aveson Charter School asked students to get active and participate in a student-powered jog-a-thon and “great race” fundraiser for their school. In order to participate, students found sponsors to secure their place in the competition. Not only did students participate, but parents and families volunteered to run the event. All proceeds from the event went to raise funds for the charter school and included a matching gift.spread awareness and raise funds for hospitals in their network.

FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL (FRANKFORD, NJ)

Leading up to #GivingTuesday, students from Frankford Township Middle School focused on spreading positive messages and doing good deeds as part of their “Choose Kindness Challenge”. The challenge culminated on #GivingTuesday with grade level specific events benefitting local nonprofit organizations and spreading anti-bullying messages. The events ranged from Skyping with people with rare diseases, to an information session with a local nonprofit and the creation of care packages, and a food-drive and visit to a local assisted living facility. The “Choose Kindness Challenge” is a great example of how to tailor projects and events for all grade levels, so that all students can participate in #GivingTuesday.