I had the pleasure of doing a Skype visit with a fourth grade class in Milford, IN. Turns out, these weren’t just regular 4th grade readers…they were readers on a mission! They started a service project to raise money for books they could donate to the kids at Riley’s Children’s Hospital. What started out as a goal of earning possibly $200 has now turned into $2,000! And still going strong! Please help these students continue to #readitforward by donating books or money to this wonderful cause.
The fourth grade students at Milford School are getting statewide recognition with the Kehoe Kids Project: a student led book drive in honor of Diane Kehoe, former teacher and loved community member. What started as a group of fourth graders wanting to make a difference has turned into a HUGE success. The students were presented with their reading theme for the 20152016 school year, #readitforward, and decided to start a small project. They would raise money to buy books and donate these books to the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital in memory of “Miss Diane.” The students are scheduled to deliver these books to Riley Children’s Hospital in April, where they will join several members of Kehoe’s family and Superintendent Glenda Ritz. Ritz was connected with the fourth grade students after hearing of their amazing generosity and hard work.
“We have been talking about making a difference outside of the classroom as well as inside our school.” said Autumn Griepentrog one of the three fourth grade teachers. The students have taken it upon themselves to come up with fundraising ideas. The kids have sold snacks before school, charged teachers for wearing jeans, held a silent auction, and started a gofundme page. The kids have raised over $2,000…and they aren’t done yet! They have had several generous donations from community members, businesses, as well as family and friends of “Miss Diane,” and will hold a second silent auction March 11th at the annual Milford School Fish Fry.
The students were introduced to “Miss Diane” through one of the fourth grade classrooms where she graciously donated her books in order to share her passion and love for reading and learning with them after her retirement. Shortly after donating her books, Kehoe was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and lost her battle six months later. After her passing the class library was named “Diane’s Corner” in her memory. “Our students have made a strong connection with “Miss Diane” even though they never had the privilege of meeting her. Her generosity and love for reading is on display daily in our school, and we want to do the same for the kids at Riley Children’s Hospital by donating these books in her memory.” commented Emily Worrell, fourth grade teacher.
If you would like to support these amazing fourth graders and their hard work, you can donate to the Kehoe’s Kids project, by sending a check to:
Milford School Attn: Kehoe Kids
611 West Emeline Street Milford, IN 46542
Or visit the gofundmepage at: https://www.gofundme.com/kehoekids