Students in kindergarten through fifth grade who participate in Charity for Change’s School “Giver” Program learn to think of charitable giving as a way of living.
Rebecca Rosenberg was so inspired by the program, she has volunteered with the organization for the past three years. Rosenberg has helped with curriculum development, charity research and selection, organizing classroom materials for the teachers, selecting prizes for the students, and volunteering at Charity for Change school and outreach events.
She was recognized for her efforts during Costco’s “Celebration of Local Heroes” event on Oct. 8.
“Rebecca exemplifies how Charity for Change helps create the next generation of community volunteers and philanthropists,” said Karen Conley, the group’s president and CEO. “She has inspired us with her fresh energy and genuine passion for giving and helping others.”
Rosenberg, a sophomore at Gulf Coast High School, also volunteers with Naples Equestrian Challenge and Grace Place. Students in the Charity for Change program raise money for 72 charities, including these. The charities visit the classrooms to talk about their work and to thank the students.
“The Charity for Change program is teaching something much more valuable than donating money,” Rosenberg says. “They’re teaching kids to put others first and open their hearts. This program does amazing things that don’t just touch the kids. They inspire adults, teachers and myself to open our arms wide and hearts wider and give a helping hand.”
Charity for Change offers its free character-based School “Giver” Program to about 3,200 students at Calusa Park, Golden Terrace, Lake Park and Lely elementary schools as well as Royal Palm Academy. Learn how you can get involved by visiting charityforchange.org or calling President and CEO Karen Conley at 592-6787.
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School district character traits for November: Respect, tolerance and cooperation
Respect means to treat someone or something as valuable or worthy.
Tolerance means to allow deviation from a standard; to acknowledge beliefs and/or practices different from one’s own.
Cooperation means to recognize mutual interdependence with others resulting in polite treatment and respect for them.
One favorite quote is from George Washington Carver: “How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong – because someday in life you will have been all of these.” Another is from Robert Stockman: “The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”
Suggested readings and videos can be found at www.collier.k12.fl.us/character/docs/News-Oct11.pdf.
The Collier County School District has 40,291 students, 7,310 employees and 87 languages spoken, as of July 2011. The county says, “Let’s celebrate the differences inherent in our district.”