School change drive leads to $13,000 donation for Save the Rain

Lauren Miller, Butteville Builder's Club advisor, submitted
A Butteville Builder's Club member pouring out change to try and count. The Club raised $1,866.26 in its change drive for Save the Rain, an amount that will be multiplied by 7 by Rotary International to result in a donation of $13,062. Submitted

The Butteville Elementary Builder’s Club, a club under the auspices of Kiwanis of Weed-Lake Shastina, recently held a change drive for Save the Rain: a program that builds water catchment systems in Africa.

Butteville had Donna Boyd from Save the Rain present about her program at an assembly. Next, the Save the Rain change drive had classes competing for the heaviest weight each day, as measured by Mr. Kyle’s students and graphed in the hall.

Students were anxious to host the rotating trophy based on the most weight in change. Once the drive ended, the Builders Club took all the money to Siskiyou Central Credit Union in Yreka. They ran all of the money through their change machine, which took well over an hour to process!

The Builder’s Club was stunned to hear that the total was $1866.26 for Save the Rain! Then, Rotary International multiplies our money by 7 times and the total will be $13,062.00! We will provide 870 more children and their families clean water for life!

The 1st grade was the winner of a pinata party for the most cash raised, in a very close race to the finish. Mrs. Kirwin’s class also won for total weight and will host the water trophy for the rest of the year.

Way to go, Butteville! Thanks to Siskiyou Central Credit Union, Teachers, Staff, and Parents at Butteville Elementary, Kiwanis of Weed-Lake Shastina, Mary Menzies, Crystal Geyser for the bottles, and Kelly Coleman and Donna Boyd.