Essay Winners Choose Favorite Charity to Receive Prize Money

"Rewarding and empowering" experience for students

By Jennifer Bent
The sixth grade students at AE/MS worked on a research essay focusing on a non-profit organization that had special meaning for them. After writing, each student presented the information they learned in front of teachers and peers. Following the presentations, students voted on the top three charities that they felt should be given a donation. Mrs. Bent and Mrs. Brake collaborated on this project, and an anonymous donor awarded $100, $75, and $50 to be donated to the charities selected. The winners were Jaxson Daigneault (third place, Make-a-Wish Foundation) tie for second, Ada Grotnes and William Churchill (American Cancer Society), and Sofia and Ariana Johnson winning a first place donation on their behalf to The Epilepsy Foundation. Each of the winners had a family connection to the organization they researched.  This project was both rewarding and empowering for these students. Shown are: Sofia, Ariana, Ada, Jaxson, and Will. Caption and photo: Jen Bent