Seventh graders raise funds for non-profits

Seventh graders raise funds for non-profits

Summit seventh graders recently took part in a ceremony celebrating students across the greater Cincinnati area who strove to make an impact with their charitable efforts. 

The Summit has been an active participant in Magnified Giving over the years. The mission of the organization is to educate, inspire and engage students in philanthropy. 

The religion education coordinator in the Middle School, Laura Dennemann, also oversees service in that division. In 2017, she participated in Magnified Giving with a small group of students in the Middle School Service Club. “The program was so amazing I immediately wanted to make sure every Middle School student had the opportunity to participate,” she says. “I have loved watching this grow into the seventh grade Capstone experience in which every seventh grader is allowed to explore what social cause pulls on their heartstrings and find their voice to advocate for this cause through their TED ED Talks and Ad campaigns.” 

Students have had a positive, Mrs. Dennemann says, as they campaign for their non-profits and recruit friends to volunteer with them. She says that this is “our faith in action, this is living sharing God's love.” 

Beckham Carrasquillo '29 raised $1,000 for Lucky Tales, an organization committed to saving and protecting unwanted animals. 

Van Devendorf '29 raised $307 for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE). LBFE’s mission is to relieve isolation and loneliness among the elderly. Van believes that everyone should get to exist “in a loving environment.” 

Nikhil Jain '29 raised $1,307 for CISE, an organization that provides access to a values-based Catholic education in a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment to children in Cincinnati’s inner-city. 

Olivia Miele '29 raised $1,000 for The Cure Starts Now, a charity that is dedicated to not just fighting one cancer, but the elimination of all cancers.