The lone elementary school to receive a Project 25 grant set the standard for excellence in our inaugural year, wining the top three prizes.
Seven fifth graders from PS 102 turned their $100 grant into $3,200 from 200 students and local businesses by organizing a 5k waterfront Fun Run in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. They donated proceeds to support Water Aid’s mission to provide clean water to developing countries. Their efforts brought home three Campus Awards prizes:
- 1st Place overall for creativity, impact, and sustainability;
- The Mob Award for bringing the most guests to the celebration; and
- The Popularity Award for most views on their video report (222 as of showtime).
The Home Reporter newspaper celebrated the students’ efforts here.
A $100 mini-grant was the seed money for the event, with the students deciding to donate what they raised to WaterAid, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring clean water to areas of the world where it is lacking. To get the event off the ground, the students even walked around to local businesses to ask for donations.
“It was cool because you actually know that you’re doing something beneficial to other people, so when you get the whole neighborhood involved, they too can feel that they are important in our society,” said Farah Osman, age 11, of the team’s executive committee, who also recognized the help of Physical Education teachers Angela Stornaiuolo and Eva Lurie to obtain a sound permit, design t-shirts and rent out the pier for the event.