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Student teams awarded $5,000 for giving back

For the third year, Spokane Teachers Credit Union is encouraging students to give back to their communities through the Hundred Dollar Project. Votes from the community have selected three groups to continue their projects with a total of $5,000 in additional awards from STCU.

Earlier this year, 35 teams from Idaho and Washington submitted their ideas for the Hundred Dollar Project. From there, 10 finalists were given $100 to turn their plans into actions. Each team submitted a video explaining how they would use the money to do good in their community, and their communities in turn cast over 1,600 votes to decided who would get more money to grow their projects.

The Interact Club of Sandpoint High School received the most votes and was awarded $2,500 to continue providing baby supplies to the Bonner Community Food Bank.

“We asked ourselves, what is something in our community that people need and the food bank said it was baby supplies,” Paul Meyer, president of the Interact Club, which is affiliated with the Sandpoint Rotary Club.

Interact worked with the local Key Club and used their $100 to raise another $682 for baby supplies, and collected more than 1,400 diapers for the food bank. The club also hosted a “baby olympics” and sold doughnut to further advance the project.

Three students from Rogers High School in Spokane took second place with their Kindness in a Bag project. Tavia Powell, Kaitlynn Ingram and Nick Robinson took in donations from local businesses to fill bags with toiletry items like toothbrushes. The bags were donated to St. Margaret’s Homeless Shelter. STCU awarded the team $1,500 to continue Kindness in a Bag.

Students at Dishman Hills High School in Spokane Valley won $1,000 for the Snuggle Project. The team collected new stuffed animals and children’s books and delivered 130 “snuggle time” kits in hand made bags for patients at the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

To view each team’s video on their project click HERE.

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