Stapleton Elementary students travel to Moore, OK with donations
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the Stapleton Elementary S.O.A.R. (Serving Others As Role Models) Team came up with the idea to help a school in Moore, OK called Plaza Towers Elementary. They took a day to think about what they wanted to do for them and with the help of leaders, Wes Brownfield and Amanda Sharp, they came up with the idea to have a book drive. They collected books for several months, but then wanted to do something more.
They soon found out that what Plaza Towers needed was money. So two students from their group went home and made pigs out of milk cartons. This inspired them to name the fundraiser Feed The Pig. The members of the S.O.A.R. Team made videos talking about how when they themselves had their devastating tornado and Moore helped them so now they wanted to pay it forward. At their school, they collected loose change and dollar bills. They also told their Bright Futures Partners about their fundraisers and they all were eager to help.
In February, they were able to go to the news station and be on television. They were on two shows where four kids from their group were interviewed about Feed The Pig. They were also featured in the newspaper. They raised about 1,500 dollars, but wanted to donate 2,500 dollars. Not only did they want to donate money, but they wanted something personal that they could give to the students so kids also made pictures or wrote letters to give to the children of Moore.
On April 4th they went to Moore, Oklahoma to personally give the school the money and books they collected. They also interacted with some of the kids and even toured their new school. The students were very excited to have the amazing opportunity to actually be able to go down and talk to everyone and give them what they had been working on for so long. They were very glad that they chose to help Moore and couldn’t wait to give back to them. We are so very proud of you, Eagles! Click here to watch their story on the Today Show!