A community project to restore a playground provided an opportunity to have children collect coins for a charity project and learn about setting aside money for charity.
At St Barnabas Episcopal School, students learned “Together Everyone Achieves More” when they collected coins to donate to the rebuilding of the Freedom Playground. The real fun came when the school’s 354 students gathered to dump the change on the gymnasium floor and count it.
They were happy to learn that they had raised $1,631.51. Other schools also collected coins, and families donated. According to Freedom Playground committee chair Mimi Hill, donations from schools families, staff, and the coins collected totaled $4,776.27
Coin collecting was an activity in math classes. Second grade teacher Charlotte Holt taught her class fractions, weight measurements, and coin value. “We used it to help us practice place value,” explained Julie Raidor, a fourth-grade teacher. She estimated her class contribution was $150. “(The students) took ownership of their donations and it makes them feel good. This is a young age for them to understand giving,” said Raidor..