A group of local 4th Grade pals put a clever idea into action recently by hosting old-fashioned Bake Sales to raise money for various charities. What started out as an impromptu after-school charity club grew into a simple way to get involved, to inspire others, and to take action to make a real impact to bring about positive change.
These enterprising friends who call themselves the “Cookie Kids,”gather in the PS 58 schoolyard at recess to plan their sales ~ what treats to sell and which non-profit organization to choose. Last Fall, their efforts raised thousands of dollars in immediate and direct donations for Autism Speaks, local Hurricane Sandy Relief (Red Hook Initiative) and Pediatric Cancer Research, among other worthwhile causes. These conscientious kids are passionate about many global issues and recently raised funds for Free the Children, an organization one of the kids saw featured on 60 Minutes that focuses on international education and empowerment/anti-child labor and slavery. Other Spring sales have raised money to support the Wildlife Conservation Society (to fight elephant poaching), the Wolf Conservation Center (Earth Day Bake Sale) and ALS research (in honor of a Grandma who passed last year). All donations from this Sunday’s sale will go directly to City Harvest. Every dollar provides 4 pounds of good food for NYC’s hungry.
Sunday, May 19th – Starting at 12 noon
You can follow the story of these sweet, smart cookies and see what’s next at http://58bakes.blogspot.com/, created by 9-year-old 4th Grader Georgia Fumusa.