FWCD eighth-graders gave back to the Fort Worth community in a big way by dispersing $8,100 in grant funding to eight local nonprofit organizations. The check presentation ceremony on Friday, March 1, concluded the Falcons for Fort Worth program, a community service learning project developed to instill the values of philanthropy in today’s students. The program focuses on the values of generosity, involvement and responsibility—all character qualities that students carry with them for a lifetime.
The Once Upon a Time Foundation granted $100 per student for disbursement in the Falcons for Fort Worth program. Each advisory acts as a board of a corporation -- the program discusses corporate giving. The students then learn about local nonprofits through representatives who visit campus throughout the fall semester. This year, 16 organizations shared their stories. During the presentations, students posed questions to better understand the inner-working of the various agencies. This is the eighth year FWCD eighth-graders have participated in this interactive, real-world learning program.
Approximately 10 students worked together in their advisory groups to discuss and decide how to give their $1,000. They could choose to give to one group or they could split the funds between up to three organizations. The Key: The students must agree as a group to the choices. Discussions can become very passionate.
“Falcons for Fort Worth helped our students to have a better understanding of the many needs of struggling people in our city. They also learned that many resources are available to meet these needs, but the provision of resources and services requires funding,” said Kathryn Sohne, Middle School Health and Wellness Counselor. “We have very generous and compassionate students, and I hope that programs like this will continue encouraging them to give time, talent and/or money to help meet the needs of others.”
This year, the eighth-graders awarded the following agencies:
Meals on Wheels: $750
Parenting Center: $1,866
Alzheimer’s Association: $1,367
Gill Children’s Services: $1,367
Breakthrough Fort Worth: $1,000
Ronald McDonald House: $500
Cancer Care Services: $500
Union Gospel Mission: $750