The Kid2Kid fund started six years ago to provide First Stage Theater Academy scholarships to needy families. During Summer Academy, students can choose to donate loose change to the Kid2Kid box.
But after Jeff's announcement, the students got serious and set a date for a Friday bake sale. Because children are smart and because they have a strong interest in seeing sacrificial hair shaves, they quickly figured out that if each student in the Academy chipped in $1.50 towards a cookie, they would meet the $400 goal.
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Academy student Liz McNeill felt strongly about the fundraiser. She told her mother she wanted to contribute a significant amount from her own savings, made up of babysitting income. Said the passionate fourteen-year-old who is spending her fifth summer at First Stage: "I've seen transformations take place here. I don't ever want any other kid turned away from First Stage because they can't afford it." Miss McNeill's mother Suzanne appreciated her daughter's gesture but felt a large donation would be hard on the college fund. She suggested her daughter donate a little less individually, but the family would make up the difference by matching Miss McNeill's gift.
The resultant Head Shave so inspired Miss McNeill that she pledged to her fellow students to cut off her own hair to above the ears if another $400 was raised in the remaining two weeks of Academy. A few more bake sales occurred, more students tossed in their spare change, and as the box was counted out, Miss McNeill graciously honored her pledge.
|Suzanne and Liz McNeill at First Stage Children's Theater. Photo by Mithra Ballesteros.|
The Kid2Kid fund provides First Stage Theater Academy scholarships to children in need. If you would like to send children in need to the First Stage Theater Academy by donating to the Kid2Kid fund, please click here.