Students from schools across Okaloosa County came together to raise funds for the annual “Change for Children” campaign. The campaign, aimed at supporting Children in Crisis (CIC), Inc., saw students collecting spare change to provide assistance to abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the community.
Children in Crisis (CIC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers homes and support to vulnerable children, ensuring they are kept safe and siblings are not separated.
- Since its inception in 2007, the Change for Children Campaign has been instrumental in generating funds within the Okaloosa County school system.
- These funds are used to provide essential resources like food, clothing, and school supplies for the children residing in the Children in Crisis Neighborhood.
This campaign goes beyond just raising funds; it also aims to instill a sense of compassion and the importance of helping others in students’ hearts. By participating in the Change for Children Campaign, students gain valuable life lessons about the significance of giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate than themselves.
The school sponsors play a vital role in organizing creative and engaging activities to collect change throughout the campaign. These activities often take the form of talent shows, class competitions, and even the opportunity to pie the principal! The retired teacher chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary educational sorority, facilitates and supports this initiative.
This year, students from nineteen schools in Okaloosa County rallied together and brought in their change to support the mission of Children in Crisis. Their efforts culminated in an impressive total amount of nearly $23,000 raised collectively.
Among the participating schools, several stood out for their outstanding fundraising achievements.
- Destin Elementary – $1,587.21
- Ruckel Middle – $8,000.00
- Choctawhatchee High – $1,897.00
- Southside Primary – $3,169.67