This fall, students at Elden and Van Buren elementary schools collaborated with students across the country in a unique service project.
The project is the Fundred Dollar Bill Project, a nationwide drawing activity that combines community service with creativity in an effort to raise funds to clean up lead-contaminated soil in New Orleans. Using a template of a one hundred dollar bill, students across the country have been creating their own unique bill designs. At Elden, 133 students participated in the project, and 56 students from Van Buren created bills, for a total of 189 bills from the Baldwinsville Central School District.
The Fundred organization will collect all of the student-created bills from schools around the country and present them to Congress next year with a request for an even exchange of real bills. The organization's goal is to collect three million fundred bills, which would be the equivalent of $300,000,000 in real bills, the amount of money needed to clean every lead-contaminated property in New Orleans.
Elden's art teacher, Karen Smith-Collins, said participating in the project served a dual purpose for students. Students were able to express their creativity in an art project as well as perform community service. A lesson in drawing was also a lesson in stewardship, volunteerism and environmental issues.
Elden Elementary School students (from left) Meredith Persin, Laura Coogan, Alexis Schwabenbauer, Tucker Phelps, Jacob Genett, Trevor Mark and Quinn Collier pose in front of a display of the fundred bills they and their classmates created to aid New Orleans in cleaning contaminated soil. Fixty-six Van Buren Elementary School students also participated in the art project.