St Ann’s Students Lead the Way for Change

We have a group of superstars blazing their way towards a world free of poverty and exploitation at St. Ann School in Bridgeport, Connecticut! Over the past five years, the entire student body has found unique ways for every student to learn about social issues around the world and participate in fundraisers to support Free The Children’s Adopt a Village program in Haiti and Kenya. Through the guidance of the school’s administrator, Theresa Tillinger, and educator, Dawn Pilotti, educators are encouraged to find individual ways to incorporate social issues into their classes. And there are many.

At St. Ann, students are given the liberty to dream up their own fundraisers and, as long as they have a well thought out plan, are given the support of the school. This has strengthened the creativity, organization and cohesiveness of the students as they unite towards a great cause.

So what have the students accomplished? The list is a long one:

And it doesn’t stop there. The students who trekked to WE Day Toronto were eager to bring back our newest campaign, We Create Change. The students have a goal of collecting $25 in pennies for every student in the school. They are working hard to collect over 250,000 pennies before the end of the year and are well on their way: 95,692 have already been collected!

What inspires us at Free The Children about the St. Ann School community is that they have found an incredible balance of learning about important social issues, empowering students to take the lead on fundraisers and awareness raisers and having a great time while they do it! Students are building friendships with others within the school and come together in celebration when they reach their goals. And we love celebrating right alongside them!


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