Our School's Riley Mission
May 2, 2016
Topics: Kids Caring & Sharing (KCS, school fundraisers)
I first heard of Riley when my husband’s cousin’s daughter was born with a heart defect. She was referred to Riley Hospital for care. I remembered talking with family about how the hospital made the experience more bearable.
When I took over as Student Council Advisor nine years ago at Northridge Middle School, our school was already doing philanthropy for Riley’s Children’s Foundation through the Kids Caring and Sharing program. Through the years, we have slowly built the fundraisers and awareness activities that we do through Student Council. And over the years, our student population has seen many of our students in Riley Hospital’s care.
I think that it is these experiences that spur our students, and me, on in our efforts. Seeing firsthand what my students have to face and knowing that I have the ability to do something that can ease that for them and their families, makes me want to do more! As my children have gotten older, they have become more and more involved in these activities. When they were younger, they would come up to help with our annual dance “marathon” and this year my son was able to participate as an 8th grader.
I believe what we’re doing here shows every student that one person can make a difference and that when many join together, we can do amazing things in service of others.
To learn how your school can get involved in our Kids Caring & Sharing program visit RileyKids.org/KCS.
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