The Extraordinary Give, Lancaster County’s Largest Day of Giving held on November 22, was a huge success countywide and according to Warwick Education Foundation (WEF) President Grant Hummer, it was a welcome boost for local education. In just 24 hours, participants made online donations totaling $8,986 for the Warwick Education Foundation. These generous contributions qualify the WEF for an additional percentage of the $250,000 stretch pool that was contributed by the event organizers – the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
Hummer pointed out two examples of the types of unique and innovative learning opportunities that Extraordinary Give participants help deliver. Both took place during the same week as the Extraordinary Give event and involved visits by Foundation-funded Experts in Residence who touched Warwick students with their programs. Cosmic Mike, astronomer at the North Museum of Natural History, showed students the stars at Kissel Hill Elementary School and Rene Bibaud, five-time world champion jump-roper and educator, visited Lititz Elementary school for a weeklong jump-rope program that combined music rhythms and physical fitness.
During the course of Cosmic Mike’s four visits to Warwick elementary schools this fall, over 1,200 students in 3rd through 6th grade learned about the planets and the universe from his interactive presentations. Another 500 students from all grades at Lititz Elementary School experienced Bibaud’s action-packed style and energy that challenged students and gave them confidence to try new jump-rope moves and choreograph their own routines with music.
According to Hummer, “These programs and many more like them are made possible by contributions from the community. That’s why the WEF is so grateful to all who participated in the Extraordinary Give.”