Fourth graders in the Barrington Road Elementary School’s Informal Program in Upper Arlington, Ohio have, for the past 30 years, participated in a legacy service learning project called “Buckeye Bonanza,” in which students learn about economics by creating a fundraiser for the non-profit or charity of their choice. Upper Arlington Schools gives a Service Learning Grant for all materials used. The students then create buckeye-themed projects to sell on The Ohio State University campus during Beat Michigan Week while also raising awareness for the organization they are donating all proceeds to. In 2022, that was RMHC of Central Ohio. They learn about aspects of production, advertising, and public speaking. After selling items at the student union on campus, the students go back into production mode and make more supplies to sell at the elementary school in early December while they raise awareness for their organization among their fellow students and their parents.
Cat Rinko-Gay, the group’s teacher and a volunteer at RMHC of Central Ohio, encouraged them to choose our local chapter this year and the 4th grade team is excited about the possibilities about extending this partnership in the future because of the close personal connection many families have to this organization, as well as the possibilities for students to have a tangible reminder of their efforts.
Recently, Elizabeth Boor, a development associate at RMHC, accepted a big check from the students representing the more than $4,000 that was raised at the end of 2022.