“The power of a story” was proven at Springer School and Center in March. Inspired by Greg Mortenson’s book Three Cups of Tea, students in several Intermediate grade classes collected 20,900 pennies for donation to Pennies for Peace, a nonprofit organization founded by Mortenson that provides educational materials for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan who have limited access to schools.
Each spring, Springer students of every grade level pursue an “All School Quest” in which they explore a common theme and share their discoveries through a variety of media. The theme for this year’s Quest was “The Power of a Story.” “The students chose to demonstrate that power in a very tangible way,” said Intermediate teacher Kim Lankford. “They were wonderfully creative in their ideas for ways to collect the pennies.”
The Pennies project prompted another outreach idea among Intermediate students. Four classes worked together to gather more than 200 gently used books. Some of the books will be given to the Star Club in Over-the-Rhine, a ministry that provides tutoring in science, technology, arithmetic and reading. Others will fulfill a Wish List request for the Salvation Army’s Youth Development Program.
Students in Primary level classes were moved by the Quest theme in a different way. “The ‘power of a story’ for our Primary children was developing an understanding that no child should go to bed without a soft warm blanket, stuffed animal and a wonderful book to enjoy,” said teacher Pam Thomas. Each student made a “no-sew” blanket and donated a picture book. These, along with a stuffed animal for each, went into “Night Night Packages,” which will be distributed to homeless children through Project Night Night, an organization that donates more than 25,000 packages each year.