Community Through Generosity: A New School Initiative


By Aimee Burnett

Ketchum, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Schools in Blaine County are taking part in a new initiative to teach generosity.

There are twelve schools, thirteen grades and 4,000 students in Blaine County.

And, each and every one of them will soon be making a difference in their community thanks to the Wood River Foundation.

"Generosity is the fabric that we believe holds our community together,” said Morley Golden, President, Wood River Education Foundation.

The foundation was built on the premise that the community can come together through generosity.

"It's very important to us to provide the students the opportunity to learn that they can make a difference through their time, talent and treasure,” said Golden.

"Community through generosity is not a new concept; however, it's the first time across the country it's been done on this large of a scale.

"We are touching the lives of all 4,000 students, K through 12, in Blaine County,” said Golden.

Here's how it works.

Blaine County non–profit organizations will each submit a project and every classroom will pick one.

But, there are specific requirements that must be met.

"It's very important to us that the projects carry with them a demonstrable outcome, so that the kids know that they're efforts have made a difference in the community,” said Golden.

Each student will then be provided with $25 to invest in the project.

A group of donors will be funding the $150,000 initiative.

"Our hope is this develops over the years. The students will start generating the projects based upon what they see the community need being,” said Golden.

Keeping the path to generosity moving into the future.

If you'd like to learn more about the initiative go the Wood River Foundation website.

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