Poverty and Philanthropy
School: Wyoming (Ohio) Middle School
Applicant: Karen Reiber, Media Specialist
- Read Wyoming Middle School's winning Jaffarian Award application
- Watch a free, 60-minute webinar about the Poverty and Philanthropy class
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.