Copper Top Flop
written by Brooklyn Hemeyer
There are countless numbers of people who barely get the basic necessities to survive.
Everyone knows these things, however very few people step up to make a change.
In 2008, Dana Newby, a teacher at Blueberry School, did step up.
With the help of her Grade 3 class, Newby created a fundraising program to help children in need.
After choosing a logo, designed by n, making a theme song and coming up with a plan, the Carking Kids were born.
“(In Social Studies) the Grade 3’s are supposed to do something where kids help kids and that is where (the idea) came from,” Founder Dana Newby said.
Caring Kids became a fundraising program where new Grade 3 students from Blueberry School year after year put on many fundraisers, to raise money for different causes and to help make a change.
Over the years the Caring Kids have raised around $50,000.
Each year, Newby and her crew raise around $4,000-$5,000, with the exception of the 2010-2011 year, when the Grade 3’s doubled the funds to around $9,000 with Club Penguin.
The Caring Kids also donated around $7,000 to Dane Womacks and his family, when Dane was diagnosed with Leukaemia, while in the third grade.
Some of the fundraisers that the Caring Kids have done this year include “Cookies for Caring,” bottle recycling, food drives and hot dog sales.
Again this year, the Caring Kids are aiming to raise between $4,000-$5,000.
All the proceeds raised this year will be donated to the Parkland Food Bank, as well as to the Children of Ecuador Project, which was founded by Dave Oldham, a former teacher at Spruce Grove Composite High School, who is currently coaching basketball at Grant MacEwan University.
“It’s a local connection to an international charity,” Newby said.
As plain as it may seem, there is more to Caring Kids than giving to those in need.
“My goal is always just for the kids to learn something outside of themselves,” Newby said, “how even kids can make a difference.”
Every year the kids look forward to getting the chance to participate in Caring Kids. It’s fun for the students, and helps those who need help.
“(The kids) often reference how they’re doing (their jobs to) help children, and how it’s not just doing the job; they see the connection as well,” Newby said.
“They love being helpers and they do just like to be citizens of the world. I just appreciate them wanting to be a part of that.”
The Caring Kids will hopefully continue to be a part of Blueberry’s Grade 3 Social Studies.