Sunday, 30 November 2014

Kiva Bean Bag Fundraiser

This past Tuesday was finally the day we had been working so hard for, our Kiva fundraising bean bag toss.  It was busy, but fun as about 75 primary students filed into their gym for their chance to toss bean bags at a target and win movie passes.  The Gr. 4 students were very excited to be running the event and everyone did an amazing job of their tasks.  People showed a lot of initiative to help things run smoothly and ensure that the participants had a good time.

We had a unique problem to solve after Tuesdays event: two students landed on the target!  To fully imagine how impressive this is, the target was three quarters of the way (length-wise) across the gym, and the inner circle was about the size of a piece of baloney.  Nice aim, huh?!?  After a long discussion and close vote, we decided to split up the pair of movie passes and give each winner one.

In preparation for Thursday's intermediate event, we decided to make a few changes.  We decided to have three people throw at a time to make things go faster.  We also decided to prep the bean bags in advance by putting a piece of masking tape on each one and having students write their names on the bags before throwing.  Thanks to these changes, Thursday's event ran even more smoothly than Tuesday's.  The students again did a fantastic job!  Luckily, we also had only one winner on Thursday!

In total, we raised $123!  Thanks to the generosity of Guildford Landmark Cinemas who donated the movie passes we used as prizes, all of this is profit. We will fund five $25 loans on Kiva.  In addition, a generous parent and our wonderful vice principal have also offered up $25 each.  This means that we will be able to help seven people improve their lives.  We are thrilled!  We now have the difficult, but inspiring task of choosing the recipients of our loans. Stay tuned!

Here are a few event photos.  Thanks to our class photographers Matheus and Marcus for the shots.  (Unfortunately, because I don't have parental permission, I can't include any photos of the participants.)


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