Growing Hope for HaitiRich Stigall
Earlier this year, after the earthquake struck Haiti, students of Arundel Elementary and Middle School in Baltimore, MD expressed interest in helping with the disaster relief. Soon after, the school introduced the ‘Growing Hope for Haiti’ campaign. The students were encouraged to donate special money at their school called ‘Tiger Bucks,’ which would then translate into real bucks. School staff members also were encouraged to pledge a certain amount for every 1,000 tigers bucks donated or to make a flat donation. Individual and classroom incentives were presented to the students to create some healthy competition that would support a great cause of the students’ choosing. The school hoped to raise 1,000 tiger bucks within the month.
With the motivation of the students at Arundel, they reached this goal in only 3 days! These students donated a grand total of 5,617 tiger bucks — more than 500% of their initial goal! The ‘Growing Hope for Haiti’ campaign proved to be a tremendous success and fostered community and self-fulfillment for the students of Arundel Elementary and Middle School. The school graciously chose to donate the proceeds of their campaign to The Global Orphan Project. As a result, three orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti will receive their own beds and food for a month! On behalf of these children, thank you, students and staff of Arundel!