Did you know that last weekend two Oak Farm Montessori students raised over $7,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne? Riley Fitzharris and Cohen McCreery started their idea of combining a sports event with fundraising last spring during their World Changer work in the Upper Elementary 2 classroom.
Working with their teachers, faculty and parents, the boys stepped up to the plate to create, organize and run a successful event. “...it helped me understand how our world of business works. And, it was exciting to see a lot of smiles from people who enjoyed my event with Cohen. The work was worth it and the planning was the fun part because it was when you could put out some ideas from your head and think about how to make it work,” shared Riley.
Not only did these students bravely knock on doors to ask for donations from local businesses, but they also were interviewed in print, on radio and tv (WANE & WFFT)! Michael Kuhn of Habitat for Humanity said he was impressed with the independence shown by the students as well as the overall amount raised. “Riley and Cohen are raising more money than some of Habitat’s corporate donors.” Kuhn commented.
What message do these two have for others considering reaching out to help others? Cohen recommends, “It is up to you to make the change and you can do it; you just have to stick with it.” While Riley shares, “it will take time, planning, cooperation, and dedication to what you want to do.”
It is obvious that this endeavor has impacted all of those involved and will continue to make a difference in the lives of others as the money is used to build homes. But how has it changed the students' perception of themselves? “I always knew Riley and I could do it. I want to keep making a difference and I feel I could go bigger than just helping the local community.” Cohen aptly concluded. We couldn’t agree more, congratulations OFMS World Changers!