Caylynn Maldonado '18 wanted to do something to help out the people of Puerto Rico, particularly because she has family on her father's side who have been experiencing first-hand, the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. She started out with one box in the library, and a poster to let people know what kinds of things are needed in Puerto Rico.
Caylynn then presented her idea to the Center for Social Impact Student Group, who enthusiastically embraced this idea to collect items by creating a friendly school-wide competition to see which grade could collect the most items for their peers in Puerto Rico.
The 2-Week Challenge for Puerto Rico was thus developed, running from Thursday, October 19 through Thursday, November 9. Items collected included school supplies, personal care items, small toys and sweets, and first aid items. Social Impact students created the boxes for each grade and placed them in strategic locations around campus. Each day, the items were counted. Caylynn and Bennett Wattles '18, Social Impact Prefect, made announcements during chapel, lunchtime, and in passing, to inspire our students to join in this effort, and to understand the need for this right now.
Thank you to the entire Wooster Community for so generously offering these items for youth in Puerto Rico. We counted just over 750 items! A special congratulations to the 7th grade who came in 1st place for the most items collected - a whopping 157 items! In 2nd place....3rd grade with a hefty contribution of 141 items and in 3rd place....Kindergarten with a spectacular 96 items!
Thank you for demonstrating such heartfelt generosity during the past two weeks.