19 Nov 2015
About 100 students at Lucille Brown Middle school in Richmond made hundreds of pinwheels to help refugee children in Syria.
It’s a simple project that will translate to cash. For every pinwheel, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate money to help Syrian refugee kids. The Bezos Family Foundation is a major organization in Seattle, Washington, and this is the foundation’s way of encouraging kids to raise money to help others.
It’s a project that eighth grader, Sarah Lage took to heart.
“We don’t really understand how fortunate we are. When we did this thing at school, I think it brought a lot of light into what’s going on and what we can do to fix it,” said Lage.
“I think it’s important that kids to realize how fortunate they are and to keep the lives of others in their hearts,” said Cheryl Lage, Sarah’s mom.
There is an International Baccalaureate program at Lucille Brown Middle school and the goal is to teach the kids about their community and about the world as a whole.
“As an International Baccalaureate school, we are always trying to get our learning, get our students engaged in something around the world and something that connects our learning to the real world,” said Jon Morris, the school’s principal.
This is the first year students at the school have done a community service project like this. The students made about 730 pinwheels. Their work means the Bezos Family Foundation will donate around $1,400 to Syrian refugees.
The organization donates $2 per pinwheel, up to $400,000 as part of its Students Rebuild Healing Challenge.