Georgia Kids Get Creative to Raise Funds for UNICEF
byKaitlin StanfordOct 21, 2014
Every Halloween, thousands of costume-clad kids run door to door through their neighborhood with one thing on their minds: candy, of course.
But for some of those kids, they’ll be toting along one thing extra on their quest for Kit-Kat bars and Gobstoppers: their UNICEF box.
Since 1946, UNICEF (or United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) has been rallying schools and teachers across the country to come together at Halloween and see how much they can raise for kids in need. But for the first year ever, the organization has awarded the most creative teachers for their efforts in getting their kids to collect funds in out-of-the-box ways.
Recently, Georgia teacher Audrey Hughes was proud to be given that honor, along with five other dedicated teachers, for the innovative ways she encouraged her kids to collect money—not just during Halloween, but year-round.
Hughes, who’s a science teacher at Hilsman Middle School, devised a plan with her kids to sell items they collected to recycling companies for profit. From the money they earned, they split their profits evenly between UNICEF and the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
And so, after months of hard work collecting bottles, cans and more from around their town and right in the lunch room, Hughes' students were able to raise an impressive $500 for UNICEF—$365 from selling items to recycling companies, and another $135 from going door-to-door with their UNICEF boxes.
After winning the 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge, Hughes was awarded cash prizes: $500 to use however she wishes, $250 for her school and $2,000 to put toward educational activities. The science teacher was also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Tanzania, where she was able to see firsthand all that UNICEF does for children in under-developed nations.