Just before school let out and summer vacation started for three 10 year old boys, they organized a bake sell for a school picnic at Barrie Elementary School. Vincent Healy, Drew Evans and Brayden Brown sold Cake Pops, Scotcheroos and M&M Cookies. Their bake sale idea was in response to the Fort Atkinson School District GATE Mini-Grant program. This program is designed to encourage students to apply their creative ideas and task commitment to finding a solution to a need in their school or community.  Students, individually or in small groups, apply to receive grant money that has been provided by area businesses and groups.

Each Mini-Grant project allows students a chance to recognize a need in their school or community; they develop a plan for addressing that need and then put that plan into action.  When students complete the application they provide a detailed project proposal and explain why they are interested in doing the project.  Students also list the cost of supplies they will need.  Grant money is used either as seed money to purchase the materials for raising additional funds or as supply money for creating a project or performing a service.

These boys chose to donate the proceeds from their school picnic bake sale to benefit the inpatient pediatric services at Fort Memorial Hospital. Children that may need to spend time in the Medical, Surgical and Pediatric units of the hospital find themselves in strange and unfamiliar surroundings. The sixty dollars raised at the bake sale bought toys that will help the dedicated nursing staff and physicians console hospitalized children when life has them down. Everyone knows what a smile means to a frightened and sick child. The generosity of Vincent, Drew and Brayden will help raise countless smiles.

Thank you boys – your kindness is deeply appreciated.

Pictured left to right: Melanie Kutz – RN, Vincent Healy, Drew Evans, Brayden Brown and Kati Wetzel – RN