Lindsey Bartlett, a fifth-grade student at Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City, launched a community service project earlier this month to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Starting Tuesday, May 7, Lindsey asked students to bring in a monetary donation of at least one dollar to purchase a “Pray for our Nation” bracelet. Students were also allowed to add red, white and blue or Boston sportswear to their school uniforms on May 7. Lindsey’s goal was to raise $500 for the Boston Children’s Hospital. She raised more than $675 in less than a week.
“When I heard about what happened at the Boston Marathon, I wanted to help — especially the kids,” Lindsey said. “At my school, we have a Values Code, and concern for others is one of our values. That and one of the Ten Commandments, ‘thou shalt not kill,’ inspired me to do this fundraiser.”
To get permission for the drive and to raise student awareness, Lindsey put together a presentation for school administrators and addressed the entire student body during morning and afternoon announcements the day before the fundraiser began.
“Students come to us every once in a while with fundraising or outreach ideas,” RSPS Principal Karen Murphy said. “Unfortunately, we cannot do all of them. Lindsey presented us with a well thought-out plan and put her faith into action by organizing this fundraiser. After learning about the bombings, particularly the little boy who lost his life, Lindsey’s initial reaction was to help. I was pleased that our school’s Value Code and bible lessons contributed to her motivation.”