How do you combine dozens of donuts, a Fat Tuesday celebration, a classroom effort toward a worthwhile goal, and a great learning opportunity? If you happened to stop by Kelly Baumgartner’s kindergarten class at St. Joseph’s school in Lincoln a few weeks ago, you would have seen the answer in action. Her students worked together to set up an event where family, friends, teachers, and students could drop by for donuts and Mardi Gras beads in exchange for a free will donation. The result was $128 dollars raised, and a group of kids who were very proud of their accomplishment! They’re working toward buying sets of numbers, letters, blocks, and math tools for the classroom’s light table, as well as a new construction set.
The students at St. Joseph’s make up one of 11 kindergarten classrooms from all across Lincoln that is participating in one of JA of Lincoln’s newest programs – Bank on Youth. Last Fall, JA of Lincoln launched it with a simple goal — get our youngest students excited about saving! With help from State Farm, JA provided any kindergarten classroom that wanted one with a piggy bank, a lesson plan, and a challenge — let the students choose something they’d like to buy for their classroom or school, figure out how much money they’d need, and then spend the school year raising money toward that goal. To top it all off, State Farm agreed to double the savings of the four classrooms that put in the most effort!
Students have until this month to raise the money, and we can’t wait to see how they’ll do! We’ll be announcing the results and the winners of the State Farm matching funds soon, so make sure to stay tuned to see what can happen when we Bank on Youth!