Oakland student turns classroom lesson into charitable event
Teachers often wonder how students will respond to classroom lessons and whether they will apply the skills and information they receive to their personal lives. So when Oakland Elementary School second-grade teacher Janet Lavong learned that her student Carson Padilla turned a classroom lesson into a charitable event, she was thrilled!
Lavong presented a study unit on homeless and charitable deeds to her class, and unbeknownst to her, the unit made a big impression on Padilla, who decided to make his “Changers Group” a reality. His charity of choice was the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides shelter and support to families of hospitalized children. With the help of his parents and residents of Waterside Estates, Padilla raised $1,200 from the sale of Rainbow Loom bracelets that he made and sold at his neighborhood’s annual garage sale. An area businessman matched Padilla’s amount by $1,000, making the total amount Padilla donated to the Ronald McDonald House, $2,200.
“My husband and I are thankful that Miss Lavong helped Carson tap into his charitable side and see that he can help make a difference in the world,” said Kerry Padilla.
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