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HSH for H2O
Hollywood Schoolhouse and Formidable Joy, partnered to create HSH for H20…change for change, a three-week fundraising and service-learning campaign where children learned about the global water crisis and fundraised to bring a new water well to a community in Malawi, Africa.
Since the launch of the campaign on February 18, it was very rewarding to witness students’ enthusiasm in learning about the cause and taking an active role in making a difference in the lives of others.
HSH for H20 Highlights:
- Every class (ECE through Grade 6, over 300 students) received an age-appropriate presentation from Formidable Joy.
- A custom H20 logo was created and all students received an H20 sticker.
- JUST Water partnered with us and donated water to all the students and staff. They will also highlighted our efforts on their social media platform.
- After enjoying their JUST Water, students decorated their JUST bottles and transformed them into coin-collecting devices.
- Children took an active and engaging role in fundraising in a child-friendly campaign called…change for change.
- We looked to adults to donate through our HSH for H20 online fundraising campaign.
- A tippy tap (a hand-washing station made of branches, buckets & rope) was constructed, and was on the school yard for students to explore and experience.
- The front office featured a full Jerry Can that we asked people to try to lift (be careful it weighs 40lbs).
- Every class received Formidable Fact sheets that included information about the global water crisis, Malawi specifics, and everyday water usage facts.
- The younger classes (ECE through Grade 3) read the water-related children’s book The Water Princess in the library.
- Additional water-related books, A Long Walk to Water and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind were donated to the library.
- Water Bingo was a big hit at lunchtime! Switch B-I-N-G-O for W-A-T-E-R. A great way for the “littles” to learn their letters & numbers.
- Every day we heard stories of what students are doing to collect change. (one student launched her very own chores for change campaign, and she has already raised over $150!)
- Another young student made signs, asked for donations and sold JUST Water at local hiking trails..her brother hit the skate parks ☺
- Grade 3 raised money & awareness with a lemonade stand on Larchmont Boulevard. They raised $432 in just 2 hours!
- Grade 2 students donated half of the proceeds from their annual sale to the cause. They raised over $2000!!
- 4th Graders collected so much change via their JUST Water bottles that their Jerry Can weighed over 30lbs!
- 5th & 6th Graders read A Long Walk to Water, and are connecting water facts they learned in class to real life and worthy lessons from across the globe.
- Student Council members created and placed Formidable Fact posters around campus. They are shared even more facts at Monday morning meetings each week. They were also available to answer any of your water-related questions.
- Mindfulness is an important of part of the HSH community. We created custom, guided meditations with an emphasis on empathy and joy.
- Each time a student returned their coins or a parent donated online, the student’s name was added to a water drop on the Water Wall bulletin board.
- An anonymous generous donor came forward to offer a matching challenge grant of up to $5,000! Every online donation up to $5,000 received by March 6, 2020 was doubled.
- March 6th was a day of JOY. Students returned their JUST Water bottle coin collections, participated in water-related activities, an obstacle course, and surprises and prizes awaited them. We ended the day celebrating our achievements with an all-school dance party. It was a day devoted to fun, physical activities and philanthropy. JUST Water joined us to capture our efforts for their social media platforms.
- Fun fact – Meghan Markle is an HSH alumni. Prince Harry is President of African Parks…one of Formidable Joy’s newest partners in Malawi. The goal is that money raised from this project will benefit a community in need within the African Parks catchment area.
- But wait…there’s more! The campaign doesn’t end on March 6th. We will extend the life of the JUST Water bottles by reusing & repurposing them once again. In honor of World Water Day on March 22nd, seeds will be planted into the cartons. One month later, students will plant the trees/plants on Earth Day, April 22nd. Over 300 new plants/trees will be planted…giving water to those in need, while planting our very own giving trees.
- The children collected over 545 POUNDS OF CHANGE!!
The ripple effects of our small local efforts have the power to make big changes.
It only takes a little to make a big difference.
Children can change the world…one drop at a time…JUST you wait and see!
Providing access to clean water benefits people and the planet:
- Women and girls are responsible for collecting water—starting at sunrise, walking long distances and carrying up to 40 lbs of water on their heads.
- Girls often have to miss school—just to collect water for their families.
- Drinking dirty water causes diseases.
- Clean water reduces CO2 emissions.
- Clean water is a basic human right.
Please join us in supporting this important cause by donating here: