It all started on the Redoubt Elementary School playground earlier this year when Grace Valencia told her friend Emily that, "A dime could change the world." Grace went on to say that if rather than saving a dime and putting it in your pocket, if you gave that dime to an organization and got other people to give a dime, it could support programs that are changing the world one dime at a time. Emily liked Grace's idea and together with their other friends Chynna Walton and Randi Freestone, started collecting pocket change. They told their plan to their 6th grade teacher Mr. Leonard Ball, and with his encouragement the team started having a bake sale after school. "We were baking cookies and brownies and anything we could almost every night," said Chynna. With the school year rapidly nearing an end the girls tallied up their proceeds, and through corporative effort, that dime had become $275.
A few weeks ago Marquitta Andrus, Hospice executive director, received a call that the girls had selected Hospice as the organization they wanted to support, "It totally shocked me up. We were invited to a pizza party at the school where the team gave us the cash award. It was one of the most touching, thoughtful acts of kindness I have ever experienced. We were impressed at their willingness to reach out in our community and make a difference. The future is in good hands and I want to recognize their leadership and kindness, it was an honor to share this memory with them," said Andrus.
"We were glad we sold a bunch of stuff and gave the cash to Hospice, we chose them because they are people who are helping other people through hard times," said Valencia. "We feel pretty proud to have helped people who are in need of help, and we most definitely will do it again," added Erickson. Hospice volunteer Mary Jenson was also at the pizza party and said, "I am so excited that the youth are coming up with ideas like this and getting behind programs like Hospice. Getting the word out to the community about what we do is one of our greatest challenges, and with young people like this going home and talking with their parents, we've got it made. They are the next generation, the ones who will take our places in providing help to those in need," said Jenson. And that is exactly how a dime can change the world.
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