Carpenter's Read-a-Thon for wells in Ethiopia closed with an all-school assembly on Friday, March 18th. The school gathered in the north gym to celebrate the success of raising $23,208. We discussed how one idea can become the driving force of a wonderful change or action. That together we can do so much. We shared how our fundraising efforts this time weren't geared at buying new things for our school. The students didn't have the chance to win a prize or a contest. Our efforts were based on our care and respect of other people, people that we've never even met, that needed our help. It's amazing the positive energy that can be created by helping one another unconditionally. We shared that we are going to continue to strive for that level of respect and care at Carpenter, in the classrooms, the lunchroom, and the playground.
Ms. Keenan's class was recognized for creating the powerful video to spread the message. Ms. Keenan was recognized for bringing the idea to Carpenter. She shared with the students that she hoped it provided inspiration to continue to learn about such problems and potentially choose a career path to study and solve problems that can benefit people across the world. The students watched the thank you video shared below. It was pretty powerful to watch a thank you from California and Ethiopia as it helped the students to see beyond Carpenter's walls at their impact of our fundraiser.
On behalf of Carpenter students, thank you to everyone who supported our Read-a-Thon! Please watch the video and realize that it is a thank you to you as well.