Isabella Spapperi-Winters and Ella Hallett (third grade) took an “on-the-go snacks” gift basket with thank you cards to the local fire department. On the same day the girls also visited the police department to deliver cookies and thank you notes. (Courtesy Katie Kauachi)
Bee Cave Elementary School held an inaugural kindness-focused fundraising campaign called Raise Craze this month.
During the fundraiser students went out and paid it forward by completing good deeds for others.
“Students have done a wide variety of acts of kindness, including volunteering at local food banks, hosting lemonade stands that beneﬁt other organizations, making blessing bags for the homeless, sending treats and thank you notes to the police and fire stations, bringing in breakfast items for a local food pantry, writing kind notes to each other and to their teachers, picking up their neighbor’s trash, sending items and notes to underprivileged children in Haiti, and so much more,” Katie Kauachi, Bee Cave Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization president, said.
The initiative is Bee Cave Elementary-specific and put on by the school’s parent-teacher organization as the school’s major fall fundraiser.
“We are raising money to purchase a Google Expeditions set for the school—virtual field trips to 600 plus locations—Book Nook software and to give 10 percent back to each classroom for specific needs chosen by the teacher,” Kauachi said.
As of Friday, the last day of the fundraiser, the school had logged about 2,700 acts of kindness and raised nearly $59,000.
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She has been covering the Lake Travis/Westlake area for Community Impact since February 2018.