By Pam Vallette, Program Manager, SON Ministries
J.W. Reason Elementary school in Hilliard recently had their second annual Penny Challenge to raise money for the Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids (Summer Camp). The Penny Challenge teaches the school goal of “take care of others” and is a great example of one of the many ways that the Hilliard City School District partners with SON Ministries in support of children in need in the District. During the Penny Challenge, children brought loose change to school and the classroom in each grade level who raised the most money…..got to see their teacher KISS A PIG!! The children charted each classroom’s progress until the big day came when the winners were announced.
The school gathered for an assembly in the gym. There was such excitement buzzing in the air. First, they watched a photo slide show from Summer Camp 2013. When they saw pictures of shaving cream fights, soccer games, and art activities, the children got huge smiles on their faces. Our hope this summer is that at least 100 of these children will attend summer camp at J.W. Reason Elementary to receive a nutritious lunch and participate in enriching activities. 52.25 % of the 488 children at J.W. Reason receive free or reduced lunch during the school year which is a national indicator of poverty.
Then, the big moment came!! The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was kind enough to bring Rachel, a young pot-bellied pig for the celebration. When Rachel saw the crowd, she squealed and the children cheered. The results of the penny challenge were announced…an estimated $1700 raised! and several lucky teachers committed to kissing the pig including J.W. Principal, Jacki Prati and Alison Rooney, Director of Programs for SON Ministries. A roar went through the crowd as the children chanted “Kiss the pig, Kiss the pig, Kiss the pig”. One by one…but with some hesitation… each adult kissed Rachel the pig!!! What a satisfying moment for these children!!
Let’s create more great moments for children! Consider making a donation to support Hilliard Free Lunch Summer Camp for Kids. Visit www.SON-Ministries.org today!
At SON Ministries we nurture DREAMS to alleviate poverty.