A number of students and classes at Juniper Ridge Elementary School wanted to become caring global citizens by supporting a project started by local firefighters who have been helping to improve lives in Nicaragua. Local firefighters headed by David Sakaki have been working on the Nicaragua project. This project ships needed materials to what is considered the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
A shipping container has been filled with a number of useful items, including school supplies and firefighting equipment. The next step is to raise the money to have the container shipped. The students at Juniper have come up with a 'crafty' solution to help out!
The students at Juniper had to come up with a solution for fund raising. They have decided to organize a craft fair and swap and shop at the school. Part of the project was to create crafts, including jewelry, to sell. They also have asked community members to do some spring cleaning and donate items for a swap and shop. Community members can also purchase a table in order to sell items in a 'community garage sale' type atmosphere.
Students are very proud to be helping and have also learned about business as they have had to purchase and recycle items to support their 'crafts' as well as organize the actual fund raising day. They hope they will have a lot of support on February 18 when they will open the doors at the school for their "Swap n Shop." They look forward to the day when the shipping container is on its way to help those in need in Nicaragua!