Change for Real Change

Lindsay Adams ‘18
EE Staff Writer

Following a powerful school walkout remembering the victims of Parkland’s shooting, a few students decided to start a fundraiser to combat gun violence. Money had been collected for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that trains students and adults to become aware of the signs of gun violence and prevent the loss of lives. In addition to educating communities, Sandy Hook Promise develops mental health and wellness programs, and advocates for state and federal policy regarding gun safety legislation.

“Change for Change” incentivizes donations by assigning values to coins and dollars ranging from 1 to 5,000 points. Coins count negatively and should be placed into opposing class jugs, while dollars are positive and should be added to your class’s own jug. The freshman class was off to a rough start following the first day of collection, holding a significantly larger amount of coins than any other grade. The fundraiser was automatically a success, as senior Ally Hazen would note. “The student body has been overly supportive and it’s inspiring to see the community come together- it’s a great reminder that we all have the ability to make a momentous change,” Hazen said.
When the final results came in, it was the senior class that stood at the top of the mountain. They were followed by the sophomores in second, freshman in third, and juniors in last. Overall, the fundraiser brought in a total of $877, which can only be classified as amazing.

Change for Change is a way for students to make a difference and bring attention to an issue that is beginning to shape all of our worlds. Although it is sometimes difficult for high schoolers to feel like they have a voice in government, bringing the nationwide issues to a school level is giving everyone the chance to continue the initiative instead of waiting for change to happen.

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