Southeast Polk elementary schools participated in a coin drive that created friendly competition, while also bringing the students together to support Special Olympics Iowa. The week-long fundraiser raised $3,907.67 to help send Special Olympics Iowa athletes to the state competitions that take place throughout the year.
Each classroom was given a jar to fill with spare coins and bills. At the end of the week, the money was counted and the top 3 classes received rewards – the 1st place class (Clay Elementary – Preschool Malloy) received a pizza party, donuts went to the 2nd place class (Clay Elementary – 2nd Grade Hanneman) and the 3rd place class (Clay Elementary – 4th Grade Poblocki) received a $25 gift card to Walmart.
This fundraiser was put on by the Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR), the largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle in the world for Special Olympics. The LETR initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles including the coin drive.
Special Olympics Iowa (SOIA), a statewide nonprofit organization, provides high-quality training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in all 99 counties of Iowa. SOIA offers 23 Olympic-style sports to more than 16,000 athletes and Unified Sports partners year-round.
Since 1968, Special Olympics has provided an inclusive culture that stresses athletic excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health and celebrates personal achievement. Through Special Olympics sports training and competition, children and adults with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential and experience inclusion in their communities every day.