Recently, Upper School student Nola Kim Mayer organized a school-wide effort to raise funds for youth programs in Nicarauga and Indonesia through the "Make A Hand, Lend A Hand" project. Hear Nola talk about the experience below!
What is the "Make a Hand, Lend a Hand project," and how did you get involved?
The Make a Hand, Lend a Hand project is the 2017 Student Uplift Challenge, run by an organization called Students Rebuild. For this challenge, students from across the country were asked to make paper hands and mail them in to the Students Rebuild offices. For each paper hand received, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $1.90 to youth empowerment programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia. I was introduced to this project through the semester school that I attended in the fall of this year. At Conserve School, many of the students, including myself, participated in the Make a Hand, Lend a Hand project during an art workshop. Spurred by the desire to incorporate more students in this challenge, I decided that when I returned to CFS, I would try to lead a similar project with CFS students.
What inspired you to bring it to units across campus, and what did that entail?
In order to raise more funds and have a greater impact, I wanted to have as much student participation as possible from the CFS community. The project is simple, and one that can be completed by students of all ages, so I decided to bring the project proposal to all the units across campus. I presented the project idea to the staff in each unit, and luckily, they were all more than willing to support me and help out with the project. The actual execution of the project entailed my speaking to the students so they better understood the concept behind the challenge. I also compiled the materials needed for the staff to facilitate the creation of the paper hands within their respective units. When they were finished, I gathered all of the completed hands, counted them, and mailed them off!
I'm thrilled to announce that between the 4 units on campus, the CFS students created 467 paper hands and raised $887.30!
What do you hope this project at CFS has accomplished?
My hope is that through this project, students at CFS learned about how they can have an active role in doing service work to benefit both local and global communities and were inspired to take action and join the newest generation of change-makers.