Ordway students to be honored as Outstanding Young Philanthropists

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Students from Boo Schneider’s 2013 third-grade class will be recognized this coming fall for their work raising funds for Bainbridge’s Nicaraguan sister island, Ometepe.

The Ordway Elementary students were selected as this year’s Outstanding Young Philanthropists by the Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The award will be given to the students at an award reception on National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 14.

Schneider’s third-grade class has been raising funds for the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association for four years.

Every year, the students put together and sell calendars for their calendar project. Each calendar is sold for $10 and the proceeds go to various programs in Ometepe, Nicaragua.

This past year, the students put together and published 1,000 calendars. On April 10, they presented a check of $9,945.

The students elected to fund six programs organized by the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association. The programs were the construction of a primary school library on Ometepe; a one-year college scholarship for two students; Sí a la Vida, a program that supports boys on the streets of Nicaragua; a milk, vitamin and hygiene program for Ometepe preschoolers; an accelerated program for older students who were unable to complete elementary school; and a year’s pay for a weekend ambulance driver.

“Although they may not know what the word ‘philanthropy’ means, they absolutely know what it feels to be a philanthropist,” said Katy Childers, a volunteer with the sister island association, in her nomination letter.

Funds have been raised through the calendar project for 20 years. Over the course of the project, students have given more than $100,000 to Bainbridge’s sister island and other international programs.


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