By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – For the third-grade students at the Sgt. Charles J. Jaworek Elementary School, “Red Nose Day” means much more than getting to look like a clown. It was a fundraising effort ending May 21 to benefit Marlborough Community Cupboard. Since April, students were encouraged to bring in any loose change.
“We made posters and the teachers had a bin to collect change from the students. We emphasized how every cent counts,” said third grade teacher Claire Nicholson.
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign that is run by the Comic Relief, Inc., which is a nonprofit launched in the UK in 1988 and 2015 in the United States. Their mission is to end hunger and poverty around the world.
In the past, the students were involved with a fundraising effort called, “The Great Pajama Drive.” This year, the teachers were looking for another community project and found an insert in their Scholastic News that was for the Red Nose Day. The seven third-grade staff members thought this was a terrific idea.
Every classroom had a red nose bin inside and there was one in the main office. The students were encouraged to ask their parents and other family members for loose change. The students were also encouraged to check underneath couch cushions, under beds and everywhere for pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. Dollar bills were also gladly accepted.
“The kids have really gotten excited about this project,” Nicholson said. “[May 21] is actually National Red Nose Day and we have red noses for all of the students to wear throughout the day. At the end of the day, the students will collect all of the loose change from the bins… [and] a check will be presented to the Marlborough Community Cupboard.”
“I was happy to be a part of this and donate to get rid of poverty. I am helping to make a difference,” said student Brittany Recinos.
One of the things that surprised Nicholson the most about participating in this fundraiser with the students was how valuable it became as a real teaching and learning tool. She and the rest of the dedicated staff at Jaworek are showing these students that they are part of a community that really cares.
“Giving back is very important. I want the students to know what a gift that truly is. These young people are able to make a difference,” said Nicholson.
For more information about Red Nose Day, visit https://rednoseday.org/faq.