In response to ongoing international conflict, our fifth grade students recently began a fundraising campaign to support Project Hope, a global and humanitarian relief organization.

Project Hope has been at the forefront of empowering local healthcare workers to save lives worldwide since its establishment in 1958. They play a pivotal role in assisting healthcare workers who tirelessly provide medical aid to all civilians in need.

Under the direction of fifth grade teacher Allie Hyer, the students began a service project called “Stick with Hope,” where they used their creativity and compassion to create stickers that were available for purchase for several mornings before school. Every dollar they raised – over $1000 – will be donated directly to Project Hope.

Mrs. Hyer said about the project, “This came about from several families inquiring about ways to help out with the situation in the Middle East. Their curiosity and eagerness to help others truly showcases the empathy and big hearts of our students and Bright School in general. The project embodies Bright School’s mission to foster wise and compassionate citizens of the world.”

Head of School Kristin Watts has also been impressed by the students’ leadership. “It's incredibly heartening to witness our fifth graders embrace responsibility and display such earnest dedication to helping those in need. Though they are young, they have an important voice and can make a difference.”

Students flocked to the table by the bookstore for several mornings before school to get their stickers. Popular designs included Barbie, peace signs, cartoon characters and familiar sayings like “bee kind” with a bumble bee.