School Motto More Than Words

Each Clara Barton-Hawthorne elementary student walks into their school building and travels down a hallway past the motto,

“Caring Hearts and Helping Hands.”

Students are encouraged to practice that motto in their daily school conduct. One student recently took her commitment to that motto a step further.

Living the Motto

Maya holds colorful duct tape flowersClara Barton-Hawthorne (CBH) fifth grader Maya Krause had been crafting fun items out of brightly colored duct tape in November, planning to sell the items at school to raise money for the Salvation Army over the holidays. She had even used $30 of her own money to purchase numerous brightly colored and patterned rolls of duct tape.

Maya recruited friends to help in the production of the duct tape goods to sell. They took orders from relatives, parents’ co-workers (who wouldn’t want a duct tape pencil topper fashioned into a flower?) and of course their CBH classmates. Sales were brisk, until an administrative moratorium on selling things at school was put in place to discourage kids from selling personal items at school for profit, which had become a great distraction to school work at CBH.

group of girlsWanting to honor Maya’s commitment to the school motto and her philanthropic intent with the duct tape item sales, CBH Administrative Intern Rebecca Folden came up with a way for the project to move forward: Maya and her friends were assigned a booth at the school’s Christmas Store event on December 7. As an annual fundraiser and community outreach event, the PTA at CBH offers inexpensive items for students to purchase at the Christmas Store as holiday gifts for family and friends. The girls were allowed to sell their duct tape goods at the event, and all of the profits were theirs to donate to the Salvation Army.

Dina Schulz, a paraprofessional at CBH, also took the school’s motto to heart when she learned about the girls’ fundraising project. She bought more duct tape supplies, stayed late after school so the girls could produce more items, and helped oversee the item sales and money transactions at the booth.

Maya Krause holds donation dollars at red kettleIn the end, the “duct tape brigade” earned $55 in profit for all of their hard work. Maya brought the cash home in a sealed envelope on the last day of school before Christmas vacation. She and her mom, Robyn Krause, promptly drove to a Salvation Army red kettle site at Hornbacher’s Food Store in south Fargo. A local business was matching donations that day, so the brigade’s $55 turned into a $110 donation to the Salvation Army.

Robyn shared, “I’m not sure if I can adequately express how full my heart felt that day. I was so proud of my daughter and her vision. I was proud of her friends that joined in the spirit of giving. And, I was proud of her school and the way that they nurtured and supported her mission.”

For Maya and her CBH friends, many helping hands allowed their caring hearts to accomplish good work.