Force for Change event raises funds for UNICEF and celebrates Star Wars Day

A student group from Whitby School known as “The Rookie Wookies” celebrated Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You by planning a “Force for Change” fundraiser to support UNICEF. The event, co-sponsored by the Whitby Parents Association, took place at Whitby’s Performing Art Center.

“How cool is it that this fundraiser was designed and hosted by students?” said Jonathan Chein, Middle School Head at Whitby School. “They planned everything: the bake sale, Jedi games, raffle, and more. Not only did they make strong connections with the curriculum, they also contributed to the culture and community that makes Whitby a special place to learn. It was inspiring to watch these students follow through on an event from thought to finish.” The event raised $1,328 in funds for UNICEF.

“The Rookie Wookies,” who met weekly for over 3 months to plan this event, includes 4th grader Ava, 5th graders Annkia and Bella, 6th graders Carolina, Julien, Leah, and Victoria, and 7th graders Adem, Amelie, Anna, David Jared, Eleni, Evan, Sarah, and Sophia. Says Adem, “We started out with just an idea for ‘May the Fourth be with you,’ and it turned into a big event with activities. I found a game called Lightsaber Escape, an app that turns your phone into a lightsaber so you can escape an imperial base!” The bake sale and raffle were made possible by students like Victoria: “I made cake-pops and macaroons to sell, and also made a Star Wars pouch out of duct tape for the raffle. It was fun, because everyone was there and really enjoyed the party!”

Event attractions included donations by student-based brands stemming from a Design Class project: Baked goods by Bella’s Sweet Boutique, Carbonite Crate, Rivera Sisters Corner, and With a Cherry on Top; Jedi games and raffle by “The Rookie Wookies”; promotional items by CleanWell Kids, Creative Spark, Oceanic Applied Technologies, and Quantech; and funding by Upper School and the Whitby Parents Association. “The only thing I’m concerned about,” says Faculty Advisor and Design Teacher Phil Lohmeyer, “is making sure that May the Fourth falls on a school day every year!”

For more about next year’s May the Fourth celebration already under development, email Lohmeyer at [email protected]

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