The fourth graders at Broadmeadow Elementary
have taken part in the Loose Change fundraiser for the past two school years. The fundraiser arose out of the Primary Source trip to Peru that
fourth grade teachers, Amy Flax and Sue Nealon went on during the summer of 2013. Ms. Nealon and Ms. Flax were inspired to raise money for remote villages in Peru based upon work being done by one of the trip leader, Daniel Fernandez. Daniel travels to Peru each summer with Wayland Middle School students to build school and bring needed supplies.
Last year, Broadmeadow
fourth graders learned about Peru through images from the teacher's trip as well as during
science unit on Explorers.
to talk about the Pennies for Peru drive.
Theyshowed a video to inspire the
studentsto get involved. Each child in the school was given a zip lock bag to find and bring in Loose Change
, and each classroom was given a jar to collect donations in. Daniel
Fernandez came in and showed the fourth
on his work in Peru and gave them more information
about the good this drive is doing. Some kids emptied their piggy banks, others cajoled relatives and some raised money in other ways. Over $2000.00 was raised
During this school year, (
Year 2) we were able to invite fifth graders and fourth graders to an assembly with Daniel. He was able to show them the supplies purchased with money raised being brought to villages. It was very powerful. The 5th graders had a special part in this too and raised a significant amount through a chall
nge from their teachers. This year over $3300.00 was raised
It does take a village and also it takes a school. This project has been very meaningful for students and teachers alike.
The fourth grade team at Broadmeadowplan to carry on
this Service Learning project for as long as Daniel is
doinghis good work in Peru.