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Giving Our Treasure

By: Katie Payer Published: June 5th, 2014
Representatives from the Belmar charities pose in front of Towne Hall after receiving their checks.

Representatives from the Belmar charities pose in front of Towne Hall after receiving their checks.

One of the key lessons in the Young AmeriTowne free enterprise curriculum is about philanthropy.  We teach our 5th grade students that philanthropy means giving of your “time, talents, and treasure.”

The 5th graders have the opportunity to budget their paychecks and then give some of their AmeriTowne “treasure” during their day in Towne.  Each citizen can donate AmeriTowne dollars to one of six charities, and each shop can donate up to $5 total to the charities.  We have two generous supporters that turn those AmeriTowne dollars into real money, matching $0.10 to each dollar.  Every spring we tally up the total donations and turn them into cash, ready to give to the fantastic charities that received the student donations.

The Towne Hall Community Relations Director and the Mayor present the checks to each charity representative.

The Towne Hall Community Relations Director and the Mayor present the checks to each charity representative.

At our Belmar facility this year, our six charities were:

The students who attended Young AmeriTowne at Belmar over the past school year donated more than — get this! — $34,000!  Congratulations to those students on their philanthropy!

Our Headquarters facility in Cherry Creek hosted these six charities:

The Young AmeriTowne students that participated at our Headquarters location donated an amazing grand total of more than $29,000!  Way to go philanthropists!

Thank you to the wonderful charities that participated in the program this year and came to accept their checks this week.  We appreciate the work you do and your support in teaching students the value of sharing their time, talent, and treasure.

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