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March Madness
Ms. Talbot, Ms. Clark, & Ms. O'Keeffe, 4th Grade Teachers

Over the past 8 weeks, the fourth graders have worked hard on the Kids for Kids Fund philanthropy unit. They spent time considering and discussing how life isn't always fair, specifically through the lenses of health, differing abilities, and race. They created their own "Rights of All Children" list which closely aligned with the UN Rights of the Child.

Last week, the students presented their nominations for the local organization they thought should receive the $1,000, generously donated by Intentional Philanthropy. Each organization helps children in some way. After a lively debate, we created a bracket of the top organizations and the students narrowed down the options each day. The final winner was...Equipment Connections!

Equipment Connections, the winner of the 4th Grade Philanthropy Bracket, connects costly adaptive equipment from children with disabilities who outgrow the equipment to other children who need it. Since 2009, they have donated over 2,000 pieces of equipment to over 1,500 children living with disabilities, saving their families an estimated $2.5 million. (source:

After spring break, we will have our final Kids for Kids Fund session. We have invited the Executive Director from Equipment Connections, Jason Herring, to join us to share more about the work. Students will have a chance to talk about the bracket process with him and ask him more questions about the organization. Additionally, the students will hear from Amy Neugebauer, the founder of The Giving Square (the organization behind the Kids for Kids Fund program) about further opportunities to stay connected to philanthropic work!

We are so proud of how much research and thoughtfulness our students put into this process!