Philanthropy and service to community has long been a part of the LSU Laboratory School’s internal culture, said Adrienne Gale, project manager of the school’s Centennial Celebration.
Gale has documented service projects as far back as the 1940s, she said, and it’s a component the school tries to incorporate early on in the education process.
This year, LSU Lab School celebrated 100 years since its founding and, as part of the centennial year, asked the student body to raise at least $10,000 for good causes during the holiday season.
The project, $100 for 100, challenged at least 100 groups on campus to fundraise a minimum of $100 each for a charity of their choosing.
“I’m proud to say we exceeded that goal,” Gale said, with 113 clubs, groups, classes or organizations within the school coming up with their own fundraising ideas and successfully turning in the $100 minimum, and in many cases, more.
“Some raised money for St. Jude, which does benefit local families in many cases, but the majority of the funds stayed in the Baton Rouge area,” Gale said.
One of the groups benefitting from the fundraising events, 4 the Kids can’t get much more local.
The nonprofit was started by a U High graduate Sydney Saia while she was a student there in 2012. She and a lifelong friend and neighbor, Elizabeth Sherman, a student at St. Joseph’s Academy, were inspired to raise money for Our Lady of the Lake hospital’s children’s floor after a tour of the facilities.
The two learned that area families often have to travel out of town for specialized pediatric treatments, and made it their personal goal to help Our Lady of the Lake raise money to build a freestanding children’s hospital in Baton Rouge, and they’ve been at it ever since, Saia said, raising $5,000 the first year, and $10,000 the second.
Now students at LSU, the two delivered a donation of more than $400 directly to Our Lady of the Lake’s fund, raised by Lab School second-graders.
“They came up with lists of chores to do at home, and asked for contributions for completing those chores,” said Jill Crutti who worked with the classes to come up with ideas for raising money.
Saia said she has since been back to the school to speak to a third-grade class about what their nonprofit does.
It is a great way, she said, to start students early thinking about themselves as a small part of a much larger community, and how they can take small steps to make that community a better place to live for everyone in it.
For a complete list of $100 for 100 projects, visit www.uhigh.lsu.edu/newsevents/links/100for100Completions.pdf.