Students at Champions of Douglass Valley Unite to Support Tribal Community

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”-Sitting Bull

At Douglass Valley Elementary in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Champions Site Director Angelica Marquez and her kids decided to do a penny drive for One Nation Together, an intertribal council devoted to making a difference in the lives of Native Americans living on reservations.

“This project came about by wanting to teach my students about compassion,” Angelica said. “Children can learn many different traits that they will be able to apply throughout their lives when they truly experience the importance of compassion. The keyword for me here is experience. I didn’t just want my students to learn about compassion, I wanted them to experience it.”

The Champions students got their entire school involved and raised $73 for One Nation Walking Together.

Champions students collect pennies to support One Nation Walking Together.

Champions students collect pennies to support One Nation Walking Together.

The donation went toward a food drive and was matched by the Feinstein Foundation.

“I would remind them each night to check their couches at home, the dryer, vending machines, basically anywhere they could find pennies,” said Angelica. “Students would get motivated to bring more in as they saw the jar growing with pennies. When I contacted One Nation Walking Together about the news they were thrilled. During my visit at their warehouse I presented a poster the children made with a quote from Sitting Bull; “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”

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