Hopkins Elementary third graders are working hard to learn economics while also making a positive difference in other people's lives. Hopkins third grade students took an opportunity during their economics unit where students had to find a way to meet a short-term financial goal to show their kindness while learning economics at the same time.
The two third grade classes held a Penny Drive to raise money for Heritage School in Sierra Leone, Africa. Having heard about this school through the work that Littleton's own Heritage High School had done to help the people in Sierra Leone, and Hopkins students wanted to make a difference too. They learned one way these families needed help was to get mosquito nets to help reduce the spread of malaria. Our third graders thought this would be a great way to make a difference.
The goal was to raise $20.00 with only pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that 52 students would bring in throughout the month of January. At the end of January, students counted the money and realized they had raised $157.90! That is almost 8 times their original goal! Hopkins students are proud and excited that they are able to help 15 families stay healthier and make sure their kids get to school.
And it gets better! A very generous donor has agreed to match Hopkins’ donation; so altogether will send over $300 to Sierra Leone for the purpose of buying much needed mosquito nets. Hopkins Elementary's third graders helped to make a huge difference in 30 families' lives. What a great act of kindness.