Princess Anne Elementary School recently contributed over $4,800 to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore as part of the Somerset County Board of Education Campaign. A significant amount of the contribution totaling over $3,100 came from creative student-led fundraisers such as United Way Wednesday Casual Days, a Community Scavenger Hunt, “Kiss the Pig” Penny Wars, and even duct taping the principal to the wall.
The students became inspired to fundraise for United Way after learning about the programs and agencies United Way supports in Somerset County, as well as the significant impact made in their hometowns through United Way Hurricane Sandy Relief. Princess Anne Elementary School Principal, Cortney Monar, shares, “This year we decided to go beyond asking just the staff to donate to United Way, we wanted to get the students involved. By getting the students involved in such a worthy cause, it builds leadership, community awareness, and a sense of pride. Our students really got involved while learning and having fun in the process.”
Dr. John Gaddis, Superintendent of Somerset County Public Schools, shares, "One of the goals at Somerset County Public Schools is to teach students about service to the community they live in. I'm so glad that Principal Cortney Monar led the effort to involve students in their United Way Campaign. It's a great way to start at an early age with helping children understand the importance of their community and giving to their community.” The Somerset County Board of Education Campaign, led by Gaddis and Campaign Coordinator Leo Lawson, reached record numbers this year with contributing over $14,250 to United Way.