Maloney School Raffles Baskets, Raises Donations

Monday, April 09, 2012 | posted by Unknown |
After a visit from U.S. Teaching Fellow Ryan Drysdale, students at the Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School in Waterbury, Connecticut collected donations for a raffle to raise money for Global Playground.

Drysdale visited fourth and fifth grade Japanese immersion classes at the school. After the visit, students made Japanese baskets complete with Japanese treats to raffle off to the whole school. After two weeks of selling raffle tickets, students sold 1000 tickets, raising $500 for Global Playground.

“The Student Council at our school introduced the baskets in the morning announcements every day, and we sent home flyers,” Teacher Jessica Haxhi said. “The Student Council students were responsible for collecting the money and tickets every day for two weeks.”

Although Drysdale only visited Japanese immersion classes, the whole school became involved in the fundraiser. 

“We are a magnet school so we have a lot of fancy technology, fancy classrooms, and all kinds of nice furniture and things,” Haxhi said. “I think it really helps our kids to think about what it’s like in other countries. It really impressed them when they found out that other kids don’t even have a building to go to.”

During Drysdale’s presentation, Haxhi noticed the students connected to the photos and videos most closely. Haxhi teaches fourth grade Japanese immersion, and she does a unit on schools around the world in her class. The visit reinforced the lesson taught earlier in the year. 

“He talked about all of Global Playground’s projects, but he also focused on the fact that they are going to be building a new school in Vietnam,” Haxhi said. “The students were really excited about that.” 

Although Drysdale only visited some classes, other teachers at the school were able to attend. Haxhi hopes the visit resonated with the other teachers as well. 

“The teachers got to hear about Global Playground from Ryan, and I hope that some of them in the English peaking classes will take this information and run with it,” Haxhi said. “It was very powerful for Ryan to be here.”  

Students host Spring FISH Market

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 | posted by Unknown |
Students at the College of William & Mary braved rain clouds on March 24 to host the first Spring FISH Market. Student organizations Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, and Beta Theta Pi joined forces to raise money for Global Playground and food and clothing donations for a local Williamsburg charity, FISH.

Merchant’s Square, the commercial area that separates Colonial Williamsburg from the College, attracted students and community members to watch performances, buy raffle tickets, buy baked goods, or donate food and clothing items to FISH. In the raffle sales alone, $325 was raised for Global Playground.

“We got to incorporate some campus organizations [in the event] to show the community what William & Mary has to offer,” Alpha Phi Omega member Aidan De Sena said.

Performances included a jazz band, various student a capella groups, and a presentation from Global Playground’s Board Member and U.S. Teaching Fellow Ryan Drysdale.

“I was very happy to go to Williamsburg and briefly speak at the fundraiser organized by the students,” Drysdale said. “We are always excited to see other people and groups take on our cause and support us. People understand the power education has to reduce and eliminate poverty especially in developing countries.” 

De Sena felt that Global Playground’s message resonated with students on campus.

“All of us really believe in the message of Global Playground,” De Sena said. “It is great to not only promote education in third world countries but also to promote cross cultural education.”

De Sena stated that the organizations were glad to continue the partnership between William & Mary and Global Playground.

“The two founders are alumni of the school, and it’s great to have the relationship to be able to connect with them when they come visit, since they are such active alumni,” De Sena said.

The organizations partnered with the Williamsburg Merchant’s Association to host the event in Colonial Williamsburg. De Sena believes this year will help the organizations host the event in years to come.

“The event, unfortunately, had a minor setback with the rain, but we really got through it,” De Sena said. “We were able to establish the event, and, hopefully, we set a foundation for a more involved relationship between the Williamsburg community and William & Mary.”

Rain closed the event early, but the raffle and collection area for FISH collected sizable donations.