GREENVILLE, Mich. — Most of us dread that knock on the door from the neighbor kid selling the usual candies, magazine and gift wrap for their school's fundraiser. One West Michigan school is turning the table on that kind of fundraising.
Greenville Middle School is calling it the kindness fundraiser. It's kind of like a 'walk-a-thon- where kids find sponsors for laps, however, instead of laps they get money for acts of kindness.
It's done through the website Raise Craze. So far students have baked cookies for local law enforcement, offered free babysitting, cleaned up along highways and wrote notes of encouragement for other students.
7th graders Alison Skogseth and Grace Harvey say it sure beats knocking on doors, "Instead of just buying stuff, you actually get to do stuff that makes you feel good, which is much better than anything else you can do. Instead of going door to door just asking for someone to buy from you, you can give back to them."
It's been a popular fundraiser too, $3200 already raised, money that will help with whatever their classrooms need. PTO President Ann Harvey explains, "It will also help students that don’t have even the basic stuff. Teachers tend to supply a lot of things that we don’t know about. They even tend to supply paper, pencils, things that we take for granted when we give them to our kids. So we want to make it less of the burden on the teachers.”