Poverty and Philanthropy - 2019 Jaffarian Award Winner

Poverty and Philanthropy

School: Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School

Applicant: Karen Reiber, Media Specialist

Program Summary

Wyoming Middle School in Wyoming, Ohio has been recognized by the American Library Association (ALA) for their Poverty and Philanthropy class. Inspired by statistics that showed that nearby Cincinnati had the second-highest rate of childhood poverty in the U.S., Wyoming Middle School Media Specialist Karen Reiber worked with two social studies teachers to create a curriculum about poverty and philanthropy. Participating students researched famous philanthropists, including how much money they donate, which nonprofit they support, and why.

Through this program, students also:

  • heard from local philanthropists, including supporters of their school's foundation;
  • created public service announcements for their nonprofit;
  • held a school fundraiser; and
  • participated in a day of service at the Freestore Foodbank.


Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School wins ALA's 2019 Jaffarian Award for poverty and philanthropy program