Like most students, Alexandria Kirkner, 14, Jenna Krovich, 14 and Melissa Fabregas 14, had participated in fundraising events through school – like Relay for Life, Miles for Moffitt, Jump Rope for Heart, Boosterthon. So when the three Madison Middle School STEM Institute students had to create an end-of-year service project for school, they decided to organize their own fundraising walk for the American Heart Association. The first at their school to tackle this type of assignment, the girls were hoping to raise $50. They ended up collecting more than $900.
“It was a lot of work at first,” said Alexandria. “But, because it was for a good cause, in the end, it was all worth it. The day of the event it was fun to see everyone having a good time enjoying themselves.”
“When you are organizing an event like that, you have to take every detail into consideration,” said Jenna. “But when it is finished, it makes you feel really good about yourself to know that you have done something to make a difference. It was amazing to see what we could do just by spreading the word at our school.”
The girls agree that planning the event honed their organizational skills and inspired them to take on more service projects. And the best part of the event?
“Counting the money we raised,” they all agreed.