Levi Tracey (4th grade) and Elizabeth Sayler (3rd grade) are two students at Avon Montessori Academy in Avon, Ohio. Together they worked to plan and execute a bake sale raising over $700 dollars to donate to Neighborhood Forest! Julie Felder, Head of the School, interviewed these two students about their wonderful efforts. See their responses below!
WHY DID YOU WANT TO DO A FUNDRAISER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD FOREST?
Levi: It wasn’t always going to be for Neighborhood Forest. At first it was to buy trees and plant them. I found out about Neighborhood Forest through our local library and we did research about them and went on their website. We liked the organization and they have a good mission to get children trees.
Elizabeth: Because we were driving on a field trip and I was sitting with Levi. We saw a lot of garbage outside. And we thought it would be good to do a fundraiser to save the earth because there is a lot of litter and garbage outside.
WHY ARE TREES/THE ENVIRONMENT IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Levi: I like nature, it’s fun to be outside. And I want it to last longer.
Elizabeth: So that we can enjoy being outside instead of being inside. Climbing trees and being outside on nice days is so fun.
WHAT MAKES YOU MOST PROUD OF YOUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS?
Levi: That we were able to get 150 trees to people through the organization. That’s a lot of trees for a lot of kids – it’s gonna be a lot of trees!
Elizabeth: That we raised a lot of money and a lot of people have supported us.
ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD?
Elizabeth: Thank you to everyone who supported us.
Thanks to Levi and Elizabeth’s generosity and hard work, Avon Montessori Academy will be receiving 100 White Pine Trees for all of their students to plant for Earth Week 2023! The rest of their donation will be used to provide more children trees in our program. We are so deeply touched and moved by this unexpected act of love, generosity, and service by these two young changemakers.
“The mission of Avon Montessori Academy is to cultivate and inspire each individual within the school community to excel as lifetime scholars, creative thinkers, and responsible citizens. Members of our school community act with respect, compassion, integrity, and heart. Weaving the Montessori philosophy with a warm and charming environment, we place emphasis on whole child development, peace education, and care of the Earth.”