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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, students and teachers at Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS) wanted to do something to make a difference. So a team of teachers including Kiana Philip, Jenny Riley, and Annie Dahl organized a service learning project to teach students about the importance of giving.

The school ‘adopted’ brick and mortar classrooms in Houston that lost school supplies and books as a result of the flood waters. After applying for a matching grant opportunity with WE Schools, the teachers were able to garner funds that were matched dollar-for-dollar.

“The students agreed that a ‘penny war’ would be a fun way to raise money for this cause. And after an email was sent to the entire school, every teacher offered to take part and even shared this opportunity to help hurricane victims with their families!” says Dahl.

Entitled “Let’s Make a CHANGE,” through this schoolwide initiative, teachers and families are competitively collecting change over coming weeks that will be matched by We Schools.

According to Dahl, “We have the BEST faculty and staff. It’s beyond impressive how generous and thoughtful our families are. At CVCS, our mission is to work to develop ‘global citizens’ and this initiative is a perfect example of how we’re achieving that goal!”

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