On the eightieth day of the school year, John Weldon Elementary utilized the nostalgia connected with the 1980s for a good cause, hosting a spirit day fundraiser. Their 80s-themed spirit day cost students and staff $1 to wear clothing and/or accessories associated with one of the twenty-first century’s more colorful decades. A day that was full of fun and interesting scenery, the good times brought in over $300 for the Together We Rise organization, which provides “Sweet Cases” duffel bags that are given to area foster children.
The students and staff at John Weldon wanted to share some joy with children entering foster homes, and decided this was one way they could help kids of the same age, who aren’t as blessed as they. These “Sweet Cases” are given to these children primarily between ages 4-10, and can mean so much to a child who may have lost their home, or had been moved from the only home they knew. The cases contain a teddy bear, personal hygiene kit, coloring book, and other necessities and are provided to foster children as they move to a new location – hopefully reminding these kids that someone cares about them and encourage them to persevere.
So far this year, the generosity of the students and staff have raised $2,407.85 for Together We Rise. They hope to raise $6,100 by the end of the year. John Weldon is showing what kids and school staff can do when they work together – they can help others rise.