After piggy banks were raided and couch cushions searched by Fort Worth ISD children donating to the United Way student coin campaign, those thousands of dollars in dimes, quarters and dollar bills were picked up this week at more than 125 schools by a small fleet of Fort Worth ISD van drivers and United Way staff members.
The hefty bags, buckets and jars of donations from elementary, middle and high school students will be carefully counted and added to the contributions being given by grownups at hundreds of workplaces during the annual United Way campaign now under way. Last year Fort Worth ISD students contributed $48,685, and the Fort Worth ISD’s total United Way campaign raised $226,296.
The student coin campaign helps children learn about the needs of others in the community and provides a simple way they can help. Contributions to United Way of Tarrant County are used for local strategies that support opportunities for improved education, income and health. United Way is committed to helping 8,000 at-risk students to graduate on time by 2020 in Tarrant County.