Arizona Charter Schools Service Learning Project: Coins for Cancer

Date: September 28, 2010

More than 700 Ombudsman Arizona charter school students in the greater Phoenix and Tucson areas have achieved their goals of participating in a statewide community service project and becoming leaders in the community.

Last month, Ombudsman Northeast Charter director Dale Ritter encouraged students at all eight Arizona charter schools to participate in a collaborative community service effort. The project challenged students to collect “coins for cancer” to benefit research at the Virginia Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale.  Midfirst Bank pledged a matching gift if $1,000 was raised, and the students’ goal was to collect $250 in donations—one-fourth of the amount needed toward the match.

Students not only accepted the challenge, they surpassed their goal to raise $260. Combined with donations from the local community, the total was enough to receive the Midfirst Bank matching gift.

Northeast Charter hosted an event on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to present the funds the students collected. Nancy McCutcheon, Piper Center community outreach coordinator, and Ombudsman operations manager Ron Grimsley were in attendance and acknowledged the students’ effort.

We celebrate the leadership shown by our students and congratulate them on achieving their goal. As active participants in the community, they have made a positive impact on the lives of others – and their own.

About Ombudsman Service Learning
Many Ombudsman centers encourage students to complete a predetermined number of service hours through volunteer efforts, employment or community engagement.  Service learning is an important component of the Ombudsman program that helps students understand the impact of their actions on themselves and their communities.

A life is not important until it impacts others. ~Jackie Robinson

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