The Bennett’s Village Penny Wars have begun!



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My 7th and 8th grade Quest group this semester is working on answering the question: What can we do to help level the playing field for kids in Charlottesville, so that every child has a chance to learn and play? These fundraisers for Bennett’s Village are one of their many current ongoing projects in the Learning Village.
Click here to learn more about the Quest, and here to see our custom-designed, inclusive Little Free Libraries beginning to take shape.

Gather your spare change, because the Penny Wars have begun! 💰💰

The Change Challenge is just wrapping up in the middle school, and the fundraiser has been such a fun success that we’ve decided to bring it to our Lower School friends, too! The Leveling the Playing Field in Charlottesville Quest is looking for the K-4 homeroom with the HEAVIEST container of change. Mrs. Bennettt’s class, pictured above, already needs help lifting their jar! Check out the gallery to see them doing some sneaky math planning about which coins are biggest and heaviest. Winners get a special party thrown just for them by the 7th and 8th grade Quest students, and it’s sure to be a blast! 🎉👯‍♀️🕺🏽🎶

Everyone is a winner in Penny Wars, because each penny rasied goes to help Bennett-Logo-Full-FINAL-no-URL-10192018Bennett’s Village reach their goal of building an inclusive, accessible playground in Charlottesville where all kids can play together. Wondering why it’s important for a playground to be accessible and inclusive? Our Quest group suggests watching the short animated film below to help understand. The award winning film (which runs about 8 minutes and has no words) helps to explain why regular playgrounds aren’t a good fit for every child, and how special play can be when everyone is included.

No spare change? No problem! The Leveling the Playing Field Quest is also collecting gently loved books to stock our custom-built Little Free Libraries, which we hope to install around Charlottesville next month. Book donation boxes can be found all over campus. Spreading the word about Bennett’s Village is another great way to help – tell a friend (or three!) about the mission, about Bennett, and about why everyone deserves the chance to read and play.

Classes have until May 14 to collect their change and make their jar the heaviest. We can’t wait to see which homeroom wins it all! Best of luck!


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